5 Ways to Work Out During Your Next Layover

Filling the time during a layover makes it all too easy to veg out and pig out (think: people-watching, snacking, drinking, Netflix bingeing). But why not focus on fitness instead? Dedicated yoga rooms, walking trails, lap pools and even full in-terminal fitness centers are making it easier than ever to work out while you wait. Make sure your health never needs to take a back seat during your travels, and maximize your time at the following airports. 

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    Fitness Center at Toronto Pearson International

    The Good Life Fitness Center at Toronto International Pearson Airport
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    Burn off those high-calorie travel snacks at GoodLife Fitness, a popular chain of Canadian fitness centers. Located in Terminal 1 of Toronto Pearson International Airport, the center is enormous with over 10,000 square feet of space, and offers treadmills, stationary bikes, and free weights, as well as changing rooms, showers, complimentary luggage storage — even fitness clothing and sneaker rentals (for a nominal fee). Entry requires a day pass that can be purchased for less than $15 USD.

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    ROAM Fitness at Baltimore International Airport

    A rendering of ROAM Fitness center at Baltimore International Airport
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     Coming soon to the new connector between concourses D and E at Baltimore Washington International Airport is ROAM Fitness, a full-service fitness center for cardio and strength training, stretching and rehabilitation. State of the art equipment from TechnoGym will populate the space, as well as yoga/pilates mats, a TRX system, stability balls, foam rollers, and resistance bands. There will be four individual shower rooms that can be reserved, free of charge, for 15 minutes increments at the registration desk. Construction continues on the space as of today, and daily rate information will be available shortly.  

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    Yoga at San Francisco International

    Yoga room at San Francisco International Airport
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    Find your inner zen at one of San Francisco International Airport’s highly relaxing yoga rooms. With locations in both Terminal 2 (with a connection to Terminal 1) and Terminal 3, the spaces are designed for peaceful reflection, meditation, and, practicing yoga on your own. There is no charge, and no time limit set for using the facilities, so you’re free to clear your mind and destress before your next flight.

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    Indoor Lap Pool at Chicago O'hare International

    An indoor lap pool at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare
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    Accessible via the domestic terminals at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and popular with flight crews as well as travelers, the 8,000-square-foot fitness center at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport has everything you need for a full workout and more. In addition to traditional gym equipment, there is an indoor lap pool, sauna and steam room available for guests of the hotel, or for $16.80 (plus tax) for Hilton Honors Members. For those really looking to break a sweat, you can reserve a personal training session (for an additional fee) through the Mobi PT app. Request the time and type of trainer or workout you’d like, and one of the hotel’s professional trainers waiting for you when you arrive. 

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    Walking Trail at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

    Stop number four on the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Fitness Trail
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    If you don’t like gyms, and prefer a little more exploration, the Fitness Trail in Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is definitely for you. The trail begins just after the security checkpoint, and is just under a mile long, looping around all the way from Gate A30 to Gate D8. Along the walk, there are trail markers highlighting some of Phoenix’s greatest and most beautiful landmarks such as Camelback Mountain, Papago Park and the PHX Sky Train® Bridge, which are all viewable from the airport’s windows on the trail—a perfect photo opportunity (even if you never left the airport). There is no charge to participate in the walk.