Late-night room service. Transatlantic naps. Airplane food. When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the deck is stacked against you when you leave town on business.
Your familiar gym is no longer around the corner, nor is your go-to spot for lunch, where they make the big salad just the way you like it. And you're certainly not sleeping in your own bed.
Of course, it's completely impractical to pack your pillow. But you can still work out without packing anything extra — not even your running shoes — and eat balanced meals without doing an ounce of local menu research.
What? Workouts on the road without packing extra gear? If you're staying at a Fairmont Hotel (www.fairmont.com) in North America, yes. The upscale hotel chain will provide you with everything you need — shoes, wick-the-sweat-away apparel and even a custom-made mp3 playlist — all according to your sizes and preferences.
The benefit, called Fairmont Fit, is one of the many membership perks of the Fairmont President's Club, which is free to join. All you do is go online, fill out a profile with your shoe size, clothing size and music preferences, and it's all waiting for you in your hotel room when you check in.
"Fairmont Fit really fell out of an ongoing dialogue with our club members," said Brian Richardson, the hotel's vice president of communications. "Members were saying, 'It's easy for me to stay in my healthy routine at home. Anything you can do to help facilitate that while I'm on the road would be great.'"
Since convenience is king, Fairmont paired up with Adidas to provide the complimentary shoes and athletic apparel, so that road warriors would effectively have everything save a proxy to actually jump on the treadmill for them. You can even choose whether you want carbonated or regular water in your welcome pack.
Of course, your hotel is not the only place you can get in some cardio on the road. Turns out there's something more productive to do at the airport than browse Sharper Image gizmos and aisles of duty-free liquor while waiting for your next flight. And it's not a jog around the tarmac.
Airportgyms.com is a free site with incredibly comprehensive listings of workout facilities and fitness classes either in airport terminals or nearby. And if you have to leave the airport, there are specific directions and time parameters to expect.
For example, got a 30-minute layover at O'Hare that just turned into a couple hours? Head to the Hilton Hotel, which is in the airport, to use the gym for a mere $11 — the price of a day pass. It has an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and according to the site, "a very good weight room. The hotel is connected to three terminals by underground walkways. Reportedly able to sell you clothing if you have none."
Not bad. While not every airport in North America (which is the current extent of the site's coverage) has a terminal-side gym, nearly all have some sort of nearby, convenient option. Some, like LaGuardia, have several.
And if you need to venture offsite, all the details are there — how many minutes' taxi ride to expect, if there is a free shuttle, and whether there is an option to work out by the hour, as opposed to purchasing a daypass.