5 Atlanta Activities to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

By Akila McConnell on January 4th, 2016

5 Atlanta Activities to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Atlanta is a city bursting with activities that can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions in fun, exciting ways and we have suggestions perfect for helping you stick to your goals. For each of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, try these innovative ways to keep those resolutions. Bring it on, 2016!

Runners on the Atlanta Beltline

Fitness on the Atlanta Beltline. Credit: Atlanta Beltline

1. Lose Weight: Exercise on the Beltline

The Beltline is one of Atlanta’s best resources for anyone who has “exercise more,” on their list of goals for the new year. Whether you’re looking to shave seconds off your mile time, try out your new road bike or simply walk for a half an hour a day, the Beltline is the place to be. Between the ever-changing public art and the people watching, every workout is guaranteed to be elevated way beyond boring.

Healthy side dishes from Sur la table

Healthy cooking. Credit: Sur la table

2. Eat At Home More: Take a Cooking Class

Learning to cook or furthering your culinary skills doesn’t have to be daunting, and, in fact, it should be fun! A cooking class is a great way to ease into the culinary world, or to expand the knowledge you already have. Sur la table at Phipps Plaza is one great option, offering classes ranging from “Essential Skills Every Cook Should Know,” to “Fresh Pasta at Home.” Making your life more delicious sounds like a very important resolution to keep.

Patrons enjoying an exhibit at the High Museum of Art

The High Museum of Art. Credit: High Museum

3. Invest In Your Cultural Education: Get a High Museum Membership

It can be surprisingly easy to forget to take advantage of the cultural opportunities that exist in your own city. You can read about a new exhibition and swear to yourself you’ll go, but somehow the days slip away and it never happens. This year can be the year that all changes. By investing in a membership at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art, you’ll have built-in motivation to see the museum’s excellent and varied exhibitions, not to mention the extra perks you receive as a member. It’s a resolution well worth the money.

A replica of the Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

Oval Office. Credit: Jimmy Carter Library and Museum

4. Try Something New: From Atlanta Motor Speedway to StoryBooth

In Atlanta, trying something new is one resolution that it’s almost impossible not to keep. Drive a race car with Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Atlanta Motor Speedway; become the President (for a few minutes) by taking your turn in the incredible full-scale replica of the Oval Office at the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum; tell a story that will last forever by booking a StoryCorps Interview at Atlanta’s StoryBooth. You’ll be adding new experiences to your list as fast as you can think them up.

Enjoy fried chicken on an Atlanta Food Walks tour

Paschal’s fried chicken and soul food

5. Explore Your Own City: Explore Downtown Atlanta with an Atlanta Food Walks Tour

Even your own city can surprise you, with restaurants you never knew existed or history you never learned. Booking an Atlanta Food Walks tour with family and friends is a great way to expose yourself to an Atlanta that might be very different from the version of the city you usually interact with. You’ll try Southern cuisine from soul food to today’s newest specialties, enjoy a walk through Downtown Atlanta, and hear the stories and insights of Atlanta history all along the way. Resolutions shouldn’t feel like a chore, and this is one that will definitely be fun—and filling—to keep.