TALKING POINT | Keeping fit on the road can be tough, especially for international business travellers jetting as far as London or New York where you’ll spend upwards of 24 hours in your seat just eating, drinking and sleeping.
It doesn’t get much better when you arrive with a packed schedule of meetings, business lunches, dinners and drinks with clients or suppliers, before making the long trek home and doing it all again – likely with a few hours of ‘dead time’ in the lounge between flights.
But fortunately, some airlines and airports are helping travellers make the most of that transit by introducing an array of health-centred amenities: and we’d love to see even more follow suit.
Fly via Abu Dhabi in Etihad first class or as a Platinum-grade frequent flyer and you can visit the superb new Etihad First Class Lounge, complete with its own gym offering treadmills and cross trainers to get the blood pumping – of course with showers on-hand after your workout…
… or zip through Doha’s Hamad International Airport with Qatar Airways and for an all-inclusive price of QAR150 (A$54.75) you can do laps in the 25m swimming pool, get your workout done in the fitness centre and hit the showers and hot tub afterwards until your flight begins boarding.
For something out of left field, Finnair offers sauna facilities to guests in its international Premium Lounge and non-Schengen business class lounge at Helsinki Airport, which help to increase circulation...
... while SkyTeam goes so far as having dedicated yoga rooms in some of its alliance-branded lounges, including in Hong Kong:
Should more airports offer fitness-friendly facilities for travellers – and would you use them – or would you rather stick to the spas and Champagne bars? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!
Also read: Six tips for staying fit on the road
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