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10 NYC classes that will help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Want to get in shape or learn a new skill in 2018? These classes in NYC will give you a head start.

Annalise Mantz
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Annalise Mantz

After the garbage fire of a year that was 2017, we’re all ready for a little rebirth and renewal. Why not make this the year when you finally stick to your New Year’s resolutions? You just need a little help, like the expert advice and instruction you’ll receive in these NYC classes. If you want to break up with Seamless once and for all, enroll in one of the many cooking classes in NYC. Ready to burn off all those Christmas cookie calories? Consider joining one of the gyms and health clubs in New York or finding a workout class that works for you. Those looking to add a new skill to their resume might want to check out language classes in NYC or other professional development courses. Whatever you want to work on in 2018, there’s a class in NYC to help you accomplish your New Year’s resolution.

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If you resolved to eat healthier

Get a crash course in cooking for several different dietary restrictions—gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free—in this two-hour class at the Brooklyn Kitchen. The menu includes several high-protein, nutrient-dense recipes that will keep you satisfied and energized for hours. Whether you’re ready to go vegan, start meal prepping or just want to know what to cook for your one gluten-free friend, this cooking class has got you covered. $100

If you resolved to add to your resume

As all industries become more and more tech-savvy, web development skills become more useful to any job. Add the in-demand skills of HTML and CSS to your toolkit by signing up for this three-hour crash course at Noble Desktop. You’ll cover the basics of hand-coding web pages, including div tags, creating links and adding images. Even if you’re not ready to build your first site by the end of it, you’ll at least be able to converse with your tech department a little more easily. $50

If you resolved to de-stress

In the age of push notifications and near-constant breaking news, it’s not always easy to relax. Learn how to create a regular meditation practice that works for you at the Three Jewels. Taking the time to stop, clear your mind and concentrate on your breathing can be transformative for your mental health. The longer you stick with it, the easier meditation becomes. $15

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If you resolved to learn a new language

Take the first step toward that Mexico City trip of your dreams by signing up for an introductory Spanish class at ABC languages. You’ll cover sentence structure, grammar and basic vocabulary—everything you need to order dinner or ask for directions. Choose between 6, 8 or 12 week sessions, depending on what works best for your schedule. $275

If you resolved to put your new camera to good use

So you got a fancy digital camera over the holidays, but don’t know what any of the buttons or dials mean. Get out of auto mode with this workshop at BKC Brooklyn Central. The instructor will walk you through all the buttons and explain the different modes before teach you to read your light meter and control exposure. You’ll be shooting frame-worthy photos in no time. $75

If you resolved to finally get in shape

If you can’t find a workout you enjoy at least a little bit, you won’t go back. It’s just human nature: We don’t like things that aren’t comfortable. Instead of the usual gyms and spin classes, try something a little different—like a trampoline fitness class. You’ll be bouncing, squatting and lunging all over the place in this high-energy routine. Fun as it sounds, this workout is still sure to leave your muscles aching the next day. $30

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If you resolved to pick up a new hobby

Get in touch with your creative side in a watercolor class at the Village Workshop. No matter if you haven’t picked up a paintbrush since second grade: The instructor will help you set up your color pallette and master the wet-on-wet technique. Even if you don’t discover any hidden artistic talents, it’s a great stress reliever. $50

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If you resolved to learn to cook

Knowing your way around a knife is perhaps the most important skill for any cook to have. First of all, it’s downright dangerous for a novice to handle a sharp knife. Plus, without the ability to chop, slice, mince and dice, you won’t be able to make much of anything. Learn the basics in this three-hour class at the Natural Gourmet Institute. $120

If you resolved to finally write your novel

Coming up with a great idea for a book is one thing. Finding the determination to actually sit down and write (and write, and write, and write) is another. Get the practice you need in a Write In at Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Each session begins a brand new writing prompt. Then, you have 45 minutes to write before the instructor gives out the next prompt. That’s it: No critique or pretention, just all the exercise your mind needs to get in the habit of writing. $20

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