Setting — and sticking to — your New Year's resolutions is far more difficult than the mindless act of claiming "New year, new me." However, by making your goals feel more like fun and less like work can help you see them through to next December. So instead of hunkering down indoors, why not try to bump up your energy and get some unexpected benefits? Like a little culture. Here are four ways to get moving and learn a few things about the city, the arts, and more.
These guided tours are great for a trim waistline and wallet. Free Tours By Foot offer name-your-price walking tours in a variety of distances throughout the city, but the real winner is a trek held on Saturdays that takes visitors from Washington Square to City Hall, the Masonic Temple, Reading Terminal Market, and everywhere in between. By then end, you'll have strolled five miles (that's approximately 10,000 steps for you FitBit-ers) and have learned about the intricacies of the city, outside of the historical stuff, that is. The group breaks for lunch at the Italian Market, and even though you might want to give in to temptation and grab a slice or a cheesesteak, don't: Nosh on fresh fish at Anastasi Seafood, some Middle Eastern fare from Al Zaytouna, or soup and salad from Sabrina's Cafe. The tour ends at Reading Terminal Market, so there is your chance to pick up some fresh produce.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8th and Walnut Streets. Pay-what-you-wish. freetoursbyfoot.com/philadelphia-tours
For a comprehensive overview of the vast Philadelphia Museum of Art and its expansive works, hop on an hourlong tour in which you'll peep Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers, Paul Cézanne's The Large Bathers, Wall Street, New York by Paul Strand, and more. In addition to your stroll through the 633,825 square-foot museum, you'll have climbed the 72 steps before embarking.
Daily 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, included in admission. philamuseum.org
Five touring dance companies — BodyVox, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Company Wang Ramirez, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, and MOMIX — come to Philly over the next few months to teach students and aspiring professional dancers movements in a variety of styles, from contemporary to hip-hop. Heads up: These classes are intended for more intermediate dancers.
All classes 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19; Friday, Feb. 16; Wednesday, Mar. 14; Friday, April 20; Friday, May 11, Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Square. Free. nextmovedance.org
Paul McCartney has performed there, Madonna has performed there, the Flyers and Sixers play there. Get an in-depth tour of the Wells Fargo Center and find out how they manage to transition from ice hockey to a concert. See exhibits dedicated to the Flyers, Sixers, notable concerts, in addition to press row, visiting locker rooms, and more during this 60-90 minute tour. You'll be walking through four levels of the arena, so be prepared for stairs.