By J. E. Hinners, MD MPH
Stuck in the airport?
Feeling stiff and pudgy from sitting in a plane for too long?
Next time you find yourself stuck in an airport for some time, check out if there’s an airport gym you can take advantage of to rejuvenate and feel healthy again.
Here are 12 noteworthy airport workout facilities (by region) to keep in mind for your next flight:
1. Dubai International Airport
Airport city: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Main features: The G-Force Health Club has a swimming pool, cardiovascular and resistance machines, men and women’s steam rooms, saunas, jacuzzis, and massage. Towels, toiletries, hair dryer and private showers are also available.
Price: $13 for 1 hour gym use; $36 for package deal, including 3 hours and 45 minutes of both gym and wet areas use.
Hours: 24 hours a day
Location within airport: Terminal 1 (Concourse C) and Terminal 3 (Concourse A & B) on the arrivals level in the Dubai International Hotel
2. Zurich Airport
Airport city: Zurich, Switzerland
Main features: Machines, individual training sessions, yoga classes, sauna, massage, water bed; workout clothes may be rented. Alternatively, you could also rent inline skates, bikes, and Nordic walking sticks by going to the Service & Information Desk.
Price: $43-55 (39-49 CHF) for 2- to 4-hour workout sessions; $17 (15 CHF) for 1/2-hour shower; $77 (69 CHF) for full day. $17 (CHF 15) for inline skate rental; $22 (20 CHF) for bike rentals; $11 (10 CHF) for walking sticks.
Hours: M/W/F 7:30am-10pm; T/R 6:30am-10pm; Sat/Sun 9am-8pm (or 9am-5pm during summer, June 1-August 31, 2014; for special holiday hours, see website.
Location within airport: By the No. 1 airport parking garage via the basement of the Radisson Blu hotel. For renting inline skates, bikes, and walking sticks, go to the Service & Information Desk in the multi-level parking garage 2 on the 1st floor.
Website: http://www.airport-fitness.ch/ (for English, try Google Translate)
3. Munich International Airport
(Photo credits Kempinski Hotel)
Airport city: Munich, Germany
Main features: Pool, sauna, fitness center, steam bath, massage, spa treatments
Price: $27 for 2 hours (EUR 20); $41 (EUR 30) for full day; $14 (EUR 10) for shower; bathrobe and towel included in all options
Hours: M-F 7-10pm; Sat/Sun/public holidays 8am-10pm
Location within airport: Kempinski Hotel Spa between Terminals 1 & 2
4. Schipol Airport
Airport city: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Main features: Machines (cardio and weight), personal training, saunas, steam rooms, physiotherapy, massage
Price: $27 (20 EUR) full day; $37 (27.50 EUR) full day + healthy meal at Runway Cafe
Hours: Fitness center open 24/7; spa 6am-11pm; personal trainers M-F 4-8pm. Purchase day passes between 6am-10pm.
Location within airport: At the Sheraton Hotel between Schipol Plaza & World Trade Center (before passport control)
5. Incheon International Airport
Airport city: Incheon, South Korea
Main features: Ice-skating rink made of artificial ice designed to minimize injury and wetness in the event of a fall. A putting green, golf club with driving range, and fitness center are all also available at the International Business Center in the airport.
Price: Ice rink: $2 (2,000-3,000 Won) children & teenagers; $4 (4,000 Won) adults. Golf club & fitness center: inquire within (tel: 82-32-743-0025)
Hours: Ice rink 10am-8pm; golf club with driving range, fitness center, sauna, & swing analysis open 5:30am-11pm.
Location within airport: Ice rink: Travel Center in public area B1F; golf club and fitness center: International Business Area (within airport)
Golf club & fitness center: http://www.airport.kr/airport/facility/efalicityInfo.iia?carId=33&facilityId=97
6. Singapore Changi Airport
(Photo credits Singapore Changi Airport)
Airport city: Singapore, Singapore.
Main features: Swimming pool, jacuzzi, bike machines, weights, cross-trainers, massage.
Price: $14 for pool & jacuzzi; about $11 for “paid lounges” or fitness centers
Hours: Pool 7am-11pm daily; “paid lounges” or fitness centers 24/7.
Location within airport: Pool: Level 3, near Transit Hotel at Departure Transit Lounge East; “paid lounges” or fitness centers in 3 locations, all on level 3: Terminal 1, The Rainforest Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge West; Terminal 2, Ambassador Transit Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge; and Terminal 3, Ambassador Transit Lounge at Departure Transit Lounge.
7. Hong Kong International Airport
Airport city: Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
Main features: Golf course.
Price: Inquire within.
Hours: Inquire within.
Location within airport: Near Terminal 2.
8. San Francisco International Airport
Airport city: San Francisco, CA, USA
Main features: Yoga rooms and spa services
Price: FREE for yoga rooms; spas: inquire by phone 650-821-9285
Hours: Yoga rooms 24/7; spas from 6am-11pm (international terminal spa 7am-11pm) daily
Location within airport: Original yoga room near Terminal 2 (temporarily closed between July 21-Nov 4, 2014); additional yoga room in Terminal 3, boarding area E, near Gate 69, post-security. 3 spa locations: Terminal 2, boarding area D, post-security; Terminal 3, boarding area E, near Gate 60, post-security; and International Terminal, boarding area G, near gate 100, post-security.
9. Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport
Airport city: Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, USA
Main features: Yoga studio with mats and DVD instruction; spas
Price: FREE yoga studio; for spas, inquire by phone 972-973-3112
Hours: Yoga studio 24/7; spas, inquire by phone 972-973-3112
Location within airport: Yoga near Gate D40 in the hallway connecting Terminals B & D; spas near D20 and D24.
10. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Airport city: Chicago, IL, USA
Main features: Olympic-sized pool, whirlpool, free weights, weight & cardio machines; yoga room; spas
Price: $20 for full day at health club
Hours: M-F 5am-10pm, Sun 6am-10pm
Location within airport: O’Hare Hilton Health Club between Terminal 2 & parking garage (arcade level); yoga room Terminal 3, Mezzanine Level; spas in Terminals 1, 3, & 5 (see website below).
11. Vancouver International Airport
Airport city: Richmond, BC, Canada
Main features: Weight and cardio machines, including ellipticals, bikes, rowing machines, treadmills; pool
Price: $18 for gym, pool, showers; optional $10 clothing rental.
Location within airport: Above U.S. departures check-in counter, east wing of terminal, at Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel Fitness Facility.
12. Toronto Pearson International Airport
Airport city: Toronto, ON, Canada
Main features: Cardio and weight machines with individual entertainment screens, massage chairs, private showers, and towels.
Location within airport: Terminal 1, before security (international) at Goodlife Fitness, level 1 arrivals, area F
Locate more U.S. and Canadian airport gyms in this database.
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