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Sighted: A Gym In An Airport!

When you travel for work, it’s hard to maintain your lifestyle. Finding time to exercise or follow a healthy diet can seem almost impossible when your priorities are centered on networking, deadlines, and adhering to a schedule. After a long day of meetings, I often find myself, pacing,  just to get in a few more steps in before my plane boards. Apparently, I’m not the only business traveler attempting to burn calories while waiting at the airport.

New Airport Gym

Enter Roam Fitness, a new company establishing workout facilities in airports.  Opening their first gym in the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, it’s the first of its kind to hit the air travel industry. It is located after the security gate at the D/E connector. Not only is having a gym in an airport a potential game-changer, but their amenities appear to be top-of-the-line and well aligned with business traveler’s needs. A few services they provide:

  • cardio equipment
  • free weights, medicine balls, stability balls, yoga supplies
  • TRX system
  • stretching space
  • bathrooms with private showers
  • towel service
  • lockers
  • clothes and shoe rentals for unprepared members
  • vacuum seal to contain sweaty garments post-workout

The company has plans to open other locations, with several more airports on the horizon. The airports in negotiations are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,  Pittsburgh International Airport, and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. They have their sights on 23 additional airports, mainly located in the United States, but also including Heathrow Airport in London.

Depending on your frequency to the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, a membership may work with your budget. They offer day and month passes, as well as annual passes. These annual passes include additional perks, such as a 24-hour advance reservation on showers.

I’m probably not the only traveler excited for a healthy airport activity like a gym. This advancement in is a push in the right direction for a healthy lifestyle, especially for on-the-go business travelers.

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Airport Fitness

At the start of the year, WebMD reported that 50% of Americans exercise regularly, so it is no wonder U.S. airports have started recognizing the desire for fitness options while traveling. In fact, Travel Weekly reported that travelers stuck with long layovers can now enjoy many healthy alternatives to indulging in junk food or impulse shopping.

For example, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has a fitness trail offering a two-mile indoor trail with seven water bottle-filling stations. The Dallas/Fort Worth Airport also has a walking path, DFW LiveWell Walking Path, measuring seven-tenths of a mile and features two optional step courses in the form of 55-foot-hight staircases. Other airports that are providing fitness options in their terminals include Boston’s Logan Airport with their walking paths and health stations and the Indianapolis Regional Airport which provides mileage markers in the airport corridors.

Although walking is practically unavoidable in most airports, the introduction of fitness as an amenity is likely to bring an even greater awareness and encourage travelers to consider more health-conscious options while on-the-go.