Health-conscious travelers are in luck, as more and more hotels and international airports are serving up innovative health and fitness perks to keep guests in top form.
At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, travelers can stretch their legs along a milelong route called LiveWell Walking Path that includes two long staircases for added cardio, cited the New York Times in a report on the trend on Wednesday. The path leads into a yoga studio, where an instructional DVD plays on a continuous loop.
While many airports sport luxury gyms, other more lavish amenities travelers can find are the Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool in Changi Airport in Singapore and the golf course at Hong Kong International Airport, noted the New York Times. At San Francisco International Airport, travelers strike a pose in the airport's free yoga room, with pop-up classes, a mirrored wall, and free mats to use.
InterContinental has launched a new hotel brand called EVEN, first mainstream hotel brand to focus exclusively on wellness. Exercise options include in-room touches such as a coat-rack that doubles as a pull-up bar, well-equipped gyms, personalized fitness advice for all guests and a "Wellness Wall" with exercise ideas, walking distances and equipment rental information on display.
At the New York boutique hotel INK48, guests can borrow the new "Forgot It, We've Got It - Runner's Edition" kit, which includes a music-filled iPod shuffle, a sports watch with a built-in pedometer, a running belt, and water bottles, and a map of the Hudson River running path. Return from your run and you'll find a Gatorade and a Power Bar waiting in your room.
Other perks being offered at Sheraton Hotels & Resorts include a "workout in a bag," which includes instructional cards, foam rollers, and a mat. Also Westin Hotels and Resorts will loan guests a pair of New Balance sneakers and workout clothes just in case they've forgotten theirs at home. According to the New York Times, "Westin announced that after researching guest behavior and broader workout trends, it was investing more than $37 million in fitness equipment and programs."