10 Fun Activities to Do on New Year's Day
10 Entertaining New Year's Day Activities
Looking for something interesting to do on New Year’s Day? We often invest all of our time planning New Year’s Eve activities, but the first day of the new year can be just as important. Here are ten fun and practical ideas that you can try!
- Watch football.
- Take a (hot) yoga class.
- Make resolutions for the new year.
- Host a New Year's Day brunch.
- Reconnect with friends, family, and colleagues.
- Clean out the fridge.
- See a matinee movie.
- Put holiday decorations back in storage.
- Shop end-of-year sales.
- Do absolutely nothing.
1. Watch Football
New Year’s Day is a big day for college football. Check out ESPN.com for an updated schedule, microwave some popcorn, and enjoy cheering on your favorite football team!
2. Take a (Hot) Yoga Class
Yoga is known for its healing, cleansing, and renewing effects. What better day for these benefits than on New Year’s Day? Hot yoga classes take place in a heated room, with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to 104 degrees. The heat promotes muscle flexibility and sweating, which in turn helps remove toxins (e.g. the bottle of champagne you drank on New Year’s Eve) from your body. If you're new to yoga, don't worry! Classes can be adjusted for any student, from beginner to expert.
3. Set Personal Goals and New Year’s Resolutions
The beginning of a new year is a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in your personal and professional life. The most common New Year’s resolutions include: lose weight, exercise more, eat healthier, stop smoking, spend more time with family and friends, volunteer, save money, and get out of debt.
If you want to think of a few meaningful goals for the coming year, try following these steps to help you reflect:
- Move to a quiet area that is away from family and friends.
- Bring a laptop or paper/pencil.
- Think about what’s working and what changes you'd like to see.
- Start jotting down ideas and prioritize what’s most important to you, ranking your ideas from high to low.
- Take the top five ideas and expand on them.
For example, you may want to lose weight this year. A few questions you can ask are:
- How much weight do you want to drop?
- How quickly do you want to lose the weight?
- How will you lose the weight?
The more specific and prepared you are, the more likely you will achieve your goals. An example goal could be, "Lose 25 pounds in six months by joining Crunch Gym, working with a personal trainer, and bringing my lunch to work at least twice a week." Make your goal specific and measurable.
4. Host a New Year’s Day Brunch
Invite friends and family over for a New Year’s Day brunch! Keep it relaxed by going the “open house” route, a format where attendees can come and go as they please. More and more people are staying at home on New Year’s Eve and would look forward to an event the next day.
5. Reconnect With Friends, Extended Family, and Colleagues
New Year’s Day is the perfect day to reach out to people you haven’t spoken to in a while. We all get busy, especially around the holidays, so the slowing of holiday events provides more breathing room to consider reconnecting with people in your life. Dial a few friends and colleagues, or send an e-mail sharing life updates, season's greetings, and an invitation for responses.
6. Clean Out the Fridge
Have you ever prepared a salad, added dressing, taken a bite, and then spit it out because something tasted off? That's when you see the salad dressing expired three years ago! We tend to be so busy in our day-to-day lives that we don't take the time to remove expired items from the refrigerator.
On New Year’s Day, set aside an hour and do some cleaning. Take a look at the fridge and toss everything that's expired. Don't forget to look in your freezer and throw away unrecognizable items that have freezer burn. While you're cleaning out the fridge, take advantage of being in your cleaning mode and examine your medicine cabinet to discard old medicine, ointments, and makeup.
7. See a Matinee Movie
Seeing a newly released movie with family and friends is a New Year’s Day tradition for many people. This year, you likely have a choice of many highly anticipated releases, so plan ahead and rally people to go see something with you!
8. Put Holiday Decorations Back in Storage
Some homeowners keep their holiday decorations out past New Year’s Day, but most people tend to start taking theirs down after Christmas day. Gather up the red and green, pack up the blue and white, take down the Christmas tree, and roll up the holiday lights in an organized manner to make decorating next year a breeze.
9. Shop Year-End Sales
Many retailers need to move excess holiday inventory to make room for spring goods and will hold fantastic winter sales after Christmas. If you don’t mind the challenge of finding a parking space at a mall and prefer shopping at brick-and-mortar stores, search for coupons online first. Many companies offer additional discounts if you use coupons, and the five minutes of preparation could save you hundreds of dollars at the cash register. If you prefer buying online, look for companies with end-of-year deals and have fun shopping from the comfort of your own home!
10. Do Absolutely Nothing
Get up as late as possible, lounge around in comfy pajamas, drink mimosas, devour potato chips or homemade cookies, order Chinese food or pizza, do a movie marathon, and relax!
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