Whether you’re an occasional holiday flyer or a regular business jet setter, you’ve probably endured long layovers and stressful transfers. To help transform these frustrating moments into productive, and perhaps enjoyable ones, try squeezing in some exercise at the airport’s gym or fitness center. Although not all airports house these miraculous yoga studios or gyms, they’re becoming an increasingly popular airport amenity. With the exercise junkies and the restless travelers in mind, Tripping.com has compiled a list of the ten best airport gyms in the world, from Dallas to Dubai.
Best Airport Fitness Centers
With yoga studios, decked-out fitness centers, pools and saunas, travelers can squeeze in a workout or some relaxing 'me' time at these airports.
1. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Weary travelers can find a spot to relax and regenerate right in the heart of bustling O’Hare. In terminal 3 you’ll find a complimentary Yoga Room (open daily from 6am-10pm) complete with beautiful bamboo floors, optional yoga videos, and mats. Om, indeed!
Address: 10000 W O'Hare Ave, Chicago, IL 60666
2. Munich Airport
The Hilton at Munich Airport’s Fit and Fly Spa provides jet setters with an abundance of amenities for both the body and soul. Purchase a 2-hour pass to access the fitness center with training equipment, a pool, sauna, and steam bath. This luxurious airport attraction is located between terminals 1 and 2 and is open Monday-Friday 7am-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-10pm.
Address: Terminalstrasse Mitte 20, 85356, Munich, Germany
3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Located between terminals B and D you’ll find a little zen oasis, where travelers can stretch and relax. Fortunately for the early morning and late night travelers, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's yoga studio is free to use and open 24 hours a day. Yoga mats are provided as well as a looping video of yoga workouts in case you’d like a little guidance with your practice.
Address: 2400 Aviation Drive, DFW Airport, TX 75261
4. Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport offers some of the best and most extensive amenities in the world, including a variety of health clubs featuring workout equipment, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. This impressive airport’s health clubs are open to the public but require patrons to pay a fee. If it’s mental rejuvenation you seek, visit their lush, natural Zen Garden.
Address: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
5. San Francisco International Airport
A 24-hour Yoga Room is something you might expect from a Bay Area airport, and SFO certainly delivers. San Francisco International offers two beautiful spaces for travelers to stretch, meditate, and relax in terminals 1 and 3. Those pursuing a serious workout as well as those hoping to maintain a Shavasana for a while can both do so in these fitness areas. SFO’s yoga rooms provide mats and are free to use.
Address: San Francisco, CA 94128
6. Changi Airport Singapore
Singapore is one of Asia’s biggest travel hubs and was voted the 2016 World’s Best Airport. As you’d expect with such high praise, their amenities do not disappoint. All three terminals feature 24-hour spas complete with exercise equipment, saunas, massage services, and shower facilities, which can be used for a fee.
Address: Changi Airport Singapore, Airport Blvd, Singapore
7. Toronto Pearson International Airport
When it comes to sweating it out at the airport, Toronto Pearson International has set the bar high. That’s because major Canadian fitness chain, GoodLife Fitness, opened an extensive, state of the art gym within the airport - in terminal 1. The gym is open from 4am-11:30pm and with a $15 day pass, travelers earn access to a variety of workout equipment, from treadmills to strength training. Forgot your shoes or gym shorts? GoodLife has clothes available to rent.
Address: 6301 Silver Dart Dr, Mississauga, ON L5P 1B2, Canada
8. Burlington International Airport
Little Burlington, VT has a yoga room to compete with some of the world’s biggest airports. Designed and operated by local yoga studio, Evolution Yoga, this relaxing airport getaway offers complimentary mats, meditation cushions, and a shower facility, making it the perfect oasis to do your downward dogs and unwind post- or pre-flight. Or you can get your legs moving and breath fresh air from the beautiful rooftop garden, with stone walkways and alpine plants.
Address: 1200 Airport Dr, South Burlington, VT 05403
9. Zurich Airport
If you’re traveling through Zurich Airport, stop by the Airport Fitness and Wellness Club.
With a day pass, travelers have access to a range of cardio and strength workout equipment, group fitness classes, and spectacular spa facilities. So whether you want to sweat working out or sitting in the sauna, it can be done! Be sure to check out the custom sauna built in the cockpit of an old Airbus! The fitness club is open Monday-Friday from 6am-10pm and Saturday-Sunday from 8am-8pm. Fees for services vary.
Address: 8058 Zürich-Flughafen, Switzerland
10. Vancouver International Airport
The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, located right in the airport, is home to a great health club open to those not staying in the hotel. With a mechanized lap pool, free weights, cardio equipment, a whirlpool, sauna, and wading pool for the little ones, adults and kids with a variety of fitness needs can enjoy a visit to Fairmont Vancouver Hotel’s health club. A visit costs $18 and the gym is open every day from 6:30am-11pm.
Address: 3111 Grant McConachie Way, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V7B 0A6
This article was written by Katie Vaughan.
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