Ways to keep fit during travel
FOR health-conscious travellers, it has never been easier to squeeze in a workout, either with a quick weight-lifting session at an airport gym, running with a hotel running concierge, or doing virtual workouts in your hotel room.
Here are a few apps and ideas for keeping fit on the road.
AIRPORT FITNESS TAKES FLIGHT
While many airports sport luxury gyms, other more lavish amenities that travellers can use include the Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool in Singapore's Changi Airport and the nine-hole SkyCity Nine Eagles Golf Course in Hong Kong International Airport.
At San Francisco International Airport, travellers can strike a pose in its free yoga room, with pop-up classes, a mirrored wall and free mats to use.
To find out about in-airport gym and fitness facilities, check out www.airportgyms.com. The database features only United States and Canadian airports, but data from international airports is coming soon, according to the website.
YOGA IN A NEW CITY
For yoga fans looking to unroll their mats in a new place, a website directory called YogaTrail can help you find a local studio or class, no matter where you are.
The international directory includes studios and teachers around the globe, as well as retreats and events.
Or try yoga-apparel company Lululemon's free app, Om Finder, that lets users find classes by location.
Hotels are also serving up innovative health and fitness perks to keep guests in top form.
InterContinental has launched a hotel brand called Even, the first mainstream hotel brand to focus exclusively on wellness. Exercise options include in-room touches - such as a coat-rack that doubles as a pull-up bar - gyms and personalised fitness advice for guests.
Other hotels offering fitness packages include Sheraton Hotels and Resorts and Westin Hotels and Resorts, which has a running concierge who will take you out for a run.
While travelling, you may find time for a running tour, available in nearly 50 cities around the globe, including New York, Boston, Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona and Cape Town.
Most tours have been launched by local entrepreneurs who love running and can guide small groups around their home turf, all the while enjoying fresh air and exercise.
WORKOUTS GO ONLINE
Use your hotel's Wi-Fi service for an in-room workout.
US fitness chain Crunch has introduced Crunch Live, a digital platform that promises to offer its range of eclectic classes to the masses around the globe, and you don't need a membership to the gym to tap into the service.
Online options include Daily Burn, which offers a seemingly infinite variety of programmes ranging from 15 to 60 minutes.
Or try Wello for online group or private workouts via a live webcam with a certified instructor.
Other options are YogaGlo, DailyHiit and Flirty Girl Fitness.
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