For many 9-to-5ers, happy hour is the go-to way to interact with officemates outside of work—and it has been for years. According to a CareerBuilder survey from 2008, 1 in 5 people were attending them, and 82% of people who showed up were there to bond with co-workers. But what if you’re trying to stick to a healthy routine that doesn’t involve downing beers and bar food right after work?
Socializing with your co-workers and making healthy choices doesn’t have to be impossible. Here are some booze-free ways to spend time with your colleagues that still keep the “happy” in happy hour.
5 Ways to Connect with Co-Workers Outside of the Office
Get your group sweat on. A team workout sesh is the perfect way to bond with colleagues and sneak in some exercise at the same time. Put your sweatworking skills to good use while burning calories at an indoor cycling class, bootcamp session, or even a group jog.
Find your inner artists. Don’t knock an art class until you try it! Not only is a painting class a creative way to bond with co-workers, but it can also be an effective way to manage stress. According to a recent study, 45 minutes of creative activity can significantly reduce stress in the body, regardless of your artistic experience or talent. (Getting artsy can be great for busting stress solo, too: Here’s Why So Many Adults Are Into Coloring Books.)
Explore the town together. Want to boost cooperation and group problem-solving skills? Go on a scavenger hunt! This entertaining activity allows colleagues to compete outside of the conference room, and can also help you reach your daily step goal. Organize one with a local service that leads hunts in your area, or follow an app or website, such as Big City Hunt.
Give everyone a spatula. Sign up for a cooking class with your workmates, and if you’d like, make a fun competition out of it. Two teams can duke it out for the best dish, and managers can be the judges. Simply search for local cooking classes in your area that specialize in corporate events, and get ready for some delicious fun!
Just take a walk: Nothing beats getting some fresh air. Take a breather from your computer screen and catch up with your peers by going on a stroll after work, or even on your lunch break. Keep the conversation light—non-work related topics are encouraged. And if the sun is setting when you hit the pavement, be sure to follow these walk-safe tips.
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This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.