The 6 Most Fitness-Friendly Airports

Daily Health Solutions, Featured Article, Fitness, Healthy Living, Healthy Travel
on July 10, 2012

If you travel frequently for business, fitting in exercise can be a major challenge. Canceled flights and long layovers in airport terminals make it tempting to drink away the hours at the airport bar or nosh on less-than-healthy snacks until your plane boards. Unless, that is, you're at an airport with nearby or in-house fitness facilities. "Not all airports offer fitness amenities, but many do," says Jake Redman, founder of and a reviewer of airplane seats and airport lounges.

The following airports offer fitness options on the premises or a short hop away. Whenever possible, book your travel accordingly, and get your sweat on between flights.

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

Norfolk’s airport is virtually an "airport in a garden," says Wayne Shank, spokesperson for the airport. The airport is just a short walk away from the Norfolk Botanical Garden, with its 12 miles of walking trails through 155 acres of gardens. "Because we are primarily an O & D (origin and destination) airport with few connections, we are not sure how many travelers take advantage of this close connection, but many of the airport's employees enjoy this great amenity," Shank says. Access the garden via the entranceway off the airport.

Cost: Free

Chicago O'Hare (ORD)

The Hilton Athletic Club at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport is only a short walk across the street from the airport terminals. The facility offers treadmills, elliptical equipment, an indoor pool for lap swimming, weight room, and more.

Cost:  $15 for a day pass

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

SFO features a yoga room in their shiny new Terminal 2. It’s a great place to stretch before jamming into a seat in coach, and mats are provided.

Cost: Free to ticketed passengers

Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

Detroit’s airport features the WestinWORKOUT Gym located inside the Edward H. McNamara/World Gateway Terminal. Guests can access the full gym, pools and whirlpool.

Cost: $15

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

MSP has linked up with the American Heart Association's Start! Walking program. Walk the official 1.4 mile walking path in Terminal 1 or add a few more concourses for a longer workout.

Cost: Free


Miami International Airport (MIA)

You'll find a sauna, weights, pool, running and walking track inside Terminal E at the Miami International Airport Hotel.

Cost: Free


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