Every January, the new year spurs inspiration for new beginnings, featuring activities focusing on self-care and, of course, self-improvement. This year, you may not be able to make use of new gym memberships or cash in on in-person classes. However, thanks to the virtually infinite number of subscriptions and online classes, you can better yourself from the comfort of your home (or more specifically, your couch).
If you haven't already started your countdown to Jan. 1, 2021, we're here to tell you: It's coming faster than you might expect. So why not get a head start on your personal development while you can? Whether you plan to spend this year learning new skills or are looking for a fun platform to get your fitness goals in check, there's an online option for you, no doubt.
Below, see all the ET Style–approved subscriptions and online classes you can take to make 2021 your best year yet.
MasterClass’s expansive list of offerings is the perfect way to give someone a head start on anything they’ve wanted to learn. Students of all levels can learn from world-renowned industry experts in fields ranging from arts and entertainment to science and tech.
Udemy offers a near-endless number of classes in a variety of areas, with a top-notch instructor to go with each. From graphic design and Excel to Photoshop and coding, you'll find what you're looking for here. And once you start a class, you'll have unlimited access to your course for a lifetime.
Alo Yoga's online class platform, Alo Moves, offers a number of classes beyond yoga and meditation. For $20 a month, you'll have unlimited access to courses like pilates, flexibility training, barre, HIIT and more. If there are specific skills you want to build (like inversions or arm balances) in the new year, you can specifically focus on those.
Not able to use your gym membership or hire a personal trainer right now? The Mirror -- now owned by Lululemon -- is a full-length, interactive mirror that streams all kinds of live and on-demand workouts (barre, yoga, boot camp) taught by world-class fitness instructors. Everything displays right on the LCD screen and it tracks your progress through a heart rate monitor and smart app (or Apple Watch). The price is steep (and doesn’t include the monthly $39 subscription), but you can also do a risk-free 30-day trial.
Those hoping to give their home -- whether it be in the kitchen or elsewhere -- a sustainable upgrade will love a subscription to Thrive Market to get in on the best organic foods, wellness products and sustainable household items.