Dear Fellow Business Traveler,
Welcome to the first edition of the Healthy Travel Network newsletter!
Thank you for registering.
In this month's edition, I profile "Fit Airports" and provide tips and
tricks for getting some exercise in between flights.
I welcome your feedback on how to make this a useful publication, so
please send me your suggestions and/or ideas for future topics.
As always, happy and healthy travels!
To Your Health,
Customer Service, Healthy
Ah, the joys of winter travel! I spent 15 hours and five
flight segments getting from Raleigh to snowy State College, PA and
back again just before Christmas. As you might have guessed, much of it
was spent waiting. And waiting. And waiting some more.
I did manage to finish my holiday cards during the trip
up, but 15 hours in airports and airplanes really makes you feel like a
slug! If only I had planned ahead, I could have used my wait time more
wisely and gotten in a workout in between flights.
Workout? At the airport? Yes! With a little research and planning,
there are many opportunities to grab a quick workout in between
flights. More and more airports and airport hotels are offering fitness
facilities and making them easily accessible to folks for use during
McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, NV is the
leader in this area with an on-site 24 Hour Fitness gym. As Debbie
Miller at the McCarran PR department told me, the gym was originally
envisioned as a perk for employees of the airport, aviation department,
and airlines, but quickly became a favorite spot for regular travelers
like you and me.
The state-of-the-art facility offers treadmills, elliptical
cross-trainers, stair climbers, and Lifecycle bikes, as well as a full
line of Cybex, Body Master, Life Strength, and Icarian weight training
equipment. 24 Hour Fitness does it up right with a variety of classes,
full locker rooms, steam rooms, and dry sauna, as well as energy snacks
if you need to grab some quick food.
Sounds great, but you're wondering about travel- specific logistics,
right? No problem! 24 Hour Fitness has thought of everything, including
lockers for stowing your luggage, computer terminals for checking
flights, and a fitness package that includes shorts, shirt, socks,
towel, a one-time athletic shoe rental.
What about the gambling, you say? Well, you need something to grab onto
while you do your quad stretches. A slot machine seems as good as
24 Hour Fitness Specs
Las Vegas Airport / 24 Hour Fitness Specs:
(Yes, the shoe rental kind of scares me too.)
- 14,000 sq feet
- Located on second level, main
- Club opens Mondays at 5:00 am
and stays opened 24 hours until 11:00 pm Friday night
- Open Saturday and Sunday from
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Workout Pack ($15)-For those
with their own gear, this package includes complete use of all
facilities and a souvenir 24 Hour Fitness towel.
- Complete Pack ($25)-The
"complete pack" comes in handy for folks that want to work out, but
don't have the appropriate gear with them. Includes workout shorts,
shirt, socks, towel, a one-time athletic shoe rental and complete use
of the club.
Leaving Las Vegas...
Haven't been to Las Vegas lately? Not to worry. There are a surprising
number of workout options at other airports, mostly associated with an
airport hotel or nearby gym. When planning your trip, check out www.airportgyms.com.
This handy web site lets you search by state to see workout options
within a short distance of the local airport.
The site is maintained by travelers, so if you find a new gym, be sure
to contribute this information to the site.
When all else fails, there's always walking! The average woman burns 90
calories while walking at a 2 mile per hour pace for 30 minutes, or 156
calories at a 4 mile per hour pace (181 for you guys out there), so put
on your walking shoes, stash your luggage in a locker, and hit the
Travel Fit Tips
..:: When flying,
wear comfortable clothes that can double as workout gear. If you're not
wearing your sneakers, pack them in your carry-on.
..:: Plan ahead by
checking www.airportgyms.com for workout options.
..:: Don't be
intimidated by your fellow business travelers who look at you like
you're crazy when you say you are going to the gym in between flights.
Remember, you're the one who is staying fit and healthy!