Sticking to your normal training schedule while traveling can be a challenge, especially if you find yourself spending a lot of nights in hotels and away from your usual daily routine. While the occasional break in routine can be good (and fun!) for you, frequent travel can be detrimental to your training plans and your overall health. Luckily, some hotels have begun to realize that guests are prioritizing their health as much as a good view and swanky toiletries. With a little planning, you can set yourself up for success on the road by choosing hotels and habits to support your fitness goals on the go.
EVEN Hotels has made the health of its guests the core principle guiding the hotel chain’s design. As the only hotel brand created with wellness as its ethos, each room is created to encourage guests to take time to work out and focus on her well-being. Each room has an array of fitness tools to choose from, including a mounted fitness wall with resistance bands attached to it, a yoga mat and block, an exercise ball and 18 on-demand fitness videos ranging in length from five to 30 minutes that all focus on utilizing the in-room equipment. The floor is made of a special cork material in an effort to reduce the strain on the body during workouts. The room is also stocked with local fitness options, including run maps and suggestions of local running clubs you can join during your stay. There is a water bottle in each room for guests to use to reduce waste and increase hydration options on the go.
Instead of the traditional desk setup, rooms feature standup desk options as well as LED mood lighting to boost the wellness factor. The bedding is made of high-thread-count natural fibers, which offer cooling properties, to enhance the sleep experience. Each property also features an athletic studio with treadmills, ellipticals, rowing machines and free weights, as well as a selection of classes. There is also a laundry service especially for your workout gear.
The attention to wellness carries over into the food and drink options as well. Fruit-infused waters are available all day, and calming tea is on offer in the evenings. The on-site restaurant, Cork & Kale, focuses on healthy and nutritious options ranging from smoothies to protein bowls, and there is also a 24-hour market filled with healthy to-go options as well.
EVEN has several hotels across the NYC area, one in Omaha, Neb., and another in Portland, Ore. While its properties are designed to set you up for wellness success, there are ways to stick to your healthy routine wherever you find yourself on the road.
Pack Your Snacks
Guard against unwanted calories and late-night takeout binges with a little forward thinking. Bring a selection of sweet and savory small bites to keep in your room and deal with any inconveniently timed jet-lagged hunger pains or to fuel up before or after a workout.
Travel can disrupt your normal eating patterns, and oftentimes eating on the go means food high in sugar, fat and salt. Counteract the effects of processed food by drinking lots of water throughout the day. This will help with any bloating from excess sodium intake and keep you from feeling overly fatigued from dehydration.
Bring a few items from home to turn your hotel room into a mini gym. Resistance bands are so easy to pack and offer up a ton of different workout options for small spaces. TRX bands offer a full-body workout and can be attached to the back of a door. Bring your yoga mat and use one of the many great yoga and Pilates apps available to turn your room into a yoga studio. Inflatable balance disks offer a great way to get in a core workout on your travels. And, of course, bring your running shoes and you can log some miles around your hotel or on the hotel treadmill (if available).
Fit Choices For Travel
This upscale hotel chain has created the Westin Wellness program for guests to support and encourage healthy habits while you stay at its properties. Some hotels feature a Run Concierge, whose job is to scope out the best 3- and 5-mile runs in the surrounding neighborhoods. There are scheduled group runs that depart from the hotel as well as RunWestin maps for those who would like to get in some solo miles. And to help you keep your luggage light and carry-on-friendly, Westin has partnered with New Balance to offer shoe and clothing rental for only $5. The gear is delivered right to your room.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont has partnered with Reebok to offer Fairmont Fit, a program that provides on-demand gear and apparel to its guests, to keep fitness at the forefront of their stay. There are customized running maps of scenic routes that have been tested by Reebok running specialists available for some of the hotels. Many properties also offer on-site gyms and the option of personal training sessions.
This funky chain of hotels keeps wellness in mind by offering up a variety of perks for guests. Every room comes with a yoga mat so you can find your “om” whenever you have a chance. Yoga classes are often offered at the pool or on the rooftop of many properties. The chain partnered with PUBLIC Bikes to create a custom bike for hotel guests, always complimentary to use at all hotels. The menu at Kimpton restaurants is made up of seasonal, locally sourced foods to keep your nutrition on track and taste buds happy.