Clear your mind and stretch your legs during your layover. Instead of killing time at the bar, sweat out the stress of traveling. Select airports across the United States aim to promote a healthy, jet set lifestyle by adding state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
San Francisco International Airport was the first to interject Zen into the stopover two years ago. In Terminal 2, SFO’s yoga room is a harmonious atmosphere of soft blue paints and low lights. Loaner mats are available for free and a second yoga studio is scheduled to open in Terminal 3 at the end of January.
Yogis will also find serenity when passing through Terminal 3 at Chicago O’Hare International. The studio, outfitted with sustainable bamboo floors and floor-to-ceiling mirror, offers exercise mats and storage for personal items. Soothing music is pumped into the room and a video monitor displays yoga poses. In 2013, Burlington opened the country’s newest airport yoga room, made possible by a partnership with local studio, Evolution Yoga, and donations from local businesses.
Dallas/Forth Worth International has designated a space for yoga and stretching behind a privacy screen between Terminals B and D. The “studio” is equipped with complimentary mats and hand sanitizer. Terminal D is also home to the new DFW LiveWell Walking Path, measuring seven-tenths of a mile.
The American Heart Association joined forces with Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to bring a 1.4 mile walking path to Terminal 1. Los Angeles International offers yoga and tai chi in the Flag Courtyard as well as an 18-hole golf course. For $15, turn a stopover at Detroit Metropolitan Airport into a training session at WestinWORKOUT Gym’s fitness center and pool, located in the Edward H. McNamara/World Gateway Terminal. The sauna, pool and track in Terminal E at the Miami International Airport are free to passengers.
When exercising midway to your destination, remember to dress in layers to stay warm on the flight post-workout. Find more exercise facilities in terminals or nearby airports nationwide at http://airportgyms.com/.