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Walk Off Extra Calories While Traveling Through Five Airports with Fitness Programs

July 14, 2011 at 11:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

There’s a lot of tempting treats as you make your way through the airport during a layover, and sometimes it’s hard to resist the onslaught of slices from Sbarro and frappuccinos from Starbucks. However, walking is always a good way to combat those pesky extra calories, and many airports have gone the extra mile—ha—to help you. Here’s a few airports where walking through the concourses and terminals will help you burn off a few extra calories:

· Move It At MSP:
Up at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport it’s always a good time to take a stroll through the airport to get the blood pumping—even when it’s bitterly cold outside. Airport officials have partnered with the American Heart Association to encourage travelers to “Start!” moving. There’s a clearly marked 1.4-mile loop that will take you through most of Terminal 1-Lindbergh, so if you’ve got an hour to burn it’s one good option especially since it drops you off right where you started. Do it a couple times and your half way to earning yourself a Snickers!

· Keep on Walking Through CLE:
Over in The Cleve, folks at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport want healthy travelers too, so they’ve also teamed up with the American Heart Association along with the local department of public health to encourage everyone to stay active at the airport. The new walking path arrived towards the end of 2010, and the CLE Health Walk connects passengers with a way to move about between all four airport concourses. In total there’s about 1.8 miles to stroll during a layover, and there’s markers about every 400-feet or so to let you know where you’ve been and where you’re headed—just remember to stretch!

Check your pace when walking through MSP...

· Ambulate Through Atlanta:
Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport might not have an official walking path or exercise regimen built into the terminals, but it’s pretty easy to find a spot to stretch your legs during a layover or delay. Instead of taking the train to connect between the different concourses of the airport just keep on walking. If you’ve got a lot of time we estimate the distance between Concourse A and Concourse E to be at least like 25 miles—well, at least that’s what it feels like. The underground hallways are usually pretty barren—especially if you stay off the moving sidewalks—so you can get in a little cardiovascular activity without running into fellow passengers.

· Stroll Through St. Louis:
Visitors passing through or departing from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport are looking a little leaner these days thanks to the airports partnership with—again, you guessed it, the American Heart Association. The airport has had walking paths for a few years now available to tourists and locals alike, and the main path begins just past the C/D security checkpoint within the Main Terminal. For those heading out of the East Terminal there’s also a path over there and each winds its way through the D concourse with markers every quarter of a mile or so. Just remember not to stop off to score a tasty treat, and you should be doing much better once boarding rolls around.

Probably could even go for a run with all the room at SJC...

· Stretch It Out In SJC:
Another one without the blessing of an official organization would have to be the expansive corridors of Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The new Terminal B leads right into the not-as-new Terminal A, so a long walk before your flight is certainly attainable. It’s definitely a good idea for those tech workers from Silicon Valley who are stuck looking at a computer all day. We didn’t have our pedometer on us when we visited the airport, but a walk all the way down the terminals has got to be at least a mile. Do that a couple times with an oversized carry-on bag a couple times and you’ve done your 30 minutes of movement for the day—move onto Jamba Juice.

As always, if we forgot your favorite or you know of another awesome airport exercise option—fill us in, in the comments below!

[Photos: Jaunted]

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Liz

Interesting programs they have. Are any other airports doing this? After a long day of traveling, I'm exhausted and just want to grab food and sit down. I dont know if I'd be up for being active Liz-CoolProducts

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