It’s a New School Year–Try Some New After School Activities Too

New (School) Year, New You…Well, it’s a new school year. That means new classes, new teachers, new classrooms and maybe some new friends too. So fun! While you’ve got all these new things happening this new school year, we say add one more! Test out never-before-tried activities that make you move add a balance to days filled with math and English.

Maybe there is something you want to get involved with but are hesitant because you were the lone chica. Or it’s that you don’t think you will be good at it. Or perhaps you had no idea what an activity truly entailed. No need to fret—we have the 411 on two of the most popular post-school pursuits so you can try to determine this new school year if any makes you feel like you want to try. Plus once you know just what you want, we bet others follow you. With this new determination, you’ll start out solo and meet a new bestie there in no time.

Dance

Even if all of your friends are big-time dance girls, you don’t know the difference between a ball change and thunder clap. Still, you want to dance this new school year? That’s super cool—it’s a great workout, mood lifter and so fun to move to the music. Then there are the cute clothes made just for flexibility. What’s more, there are a range of dance styles and classes to take, from jazz, to lyrical, ballet to hip hop, tap and more. Classes can be once a week or sometimes more and typically there is a recital at year end to show off all you know in a spectacular display of talent.

For girls who ultimately pursue dance big-time, there are dance companies—multiple classes at more advanced levels—to try out for and competition teams as well. But to start, sign up for just one style if you like—and give it a try.

Yoga

This meditative activity is good for your mind and bod. It is a fabulous low key workout, stengthener and toner. The equipment (mats and outfits) are oh-so-cute and yoga is a perfect way to chill after a day of school or a stressful exchange with siblings or hormonal friends. Plus yoga has a language, moves and poses all it’s own—think downward dog, tree, frog, warrior, half moon and more—so every pose or mantra you master will make you feel majorly successful. Another benefit: Many yoga spots have healthy juice and smoothie bars on site or nearby. Yum.