August 28, 2014


To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of happy hours. It feels like a crime against 20-somethings to not want to partake in post work drinks, but every time I'm out at a happy hour I spend too much money, consume unwanted calories, and end up eating crappy take out because I'm hungry and it's too late to cook when I get home. Not to sound like a bore, I just prefer to keep my drinking to the weekend. When I get together with my friends after work, I prefer to suggest something fun that won't leave me feeling bad the next day.

SurfSet Class at Sweat Republic
Image via PureWow

1. Hold a Healthy Potluck - My friends and I have potluck dinners almost weekly. It's nice to be in our own apartments and have plenty of space to chat and catch up instead of sitting in a crowded bar. Last night, I had my friends over and everyone brought their favorite healthy dish.

2. Take a Creative Class - Have you or a friend always wanted to learn how to sew? Or arrange flowers? Or make jam? Try looking up a classes to get your creative fix after work. If you are in San Francisco, check out Workshop SF, they hold all kinds of classes from brewing your own ginger beer, to letter press, to making succulent terrariums.

3. Sweat It Out - I usually hit the gym after work, but happy hour can take up my gym time. Invite your friends to a fun class at the gym, even better if it's a class you haven't tried before. I've had my eye on the SurfSet class at Sweat Republic in SF for awhile now. It's a cardio and toning class that takes place on top of a surfboard that is balanced on three medicine balls. It sounds intimidating to try by myself, so I could use the support of a few friends! Alternatively, look up trampoline parks in your area. I've been to House of Air in San Francisco, and it was so much fun. Plus, the next day my legs were sore.

4. Visit a Museum - A lot of museums have free Tuesday night admission. Check the ones in your area and get a cultural fix after work.

5. Learn From a Lecture - Browse through and find a lecture that suits your interests. In San Francisco, we have so many dedicated to tech, but you can also find lectures and meetings on nearly an topic you can imagine.

6. Try an Urban Hike - If you are a city dweller (especially in our hilly city), take a walk around a neighborhood you don't usually hang out in. It gives you plenty of opportunity to chat with your friends, find new restaurants and stores, and discover pretty views. It's one of my favorite ways to see San Francisco.

Image via Chronicle Books Blog

My point is, you don't have to sacrifice your health and fitness goals for your social life or vice versa. Try something new, have some fun, and push outside your comfort zone.

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