New airport amenities take the pain out of a layover

Andrew Mollenbeck,

WASHINGTON – Yoga, spas and a marked walking course.

These are not just features of a trendy gym. They are now healthy perks for the connecting passenger.

The long layover can evoke the image of marginal food choices in the concourse followed by a nap lying awkwardly over seats at the gate.

But airports are offering passengers more options, beyond an array of healthful food choices.

San Francisco International Airport’s highly-publicized yoga room is just the latest example of offering a fitness option for travelers.

The layover is changing in hubs all over the country, according to USA TODAY.

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, connecting passengers can take advantage of a 1.4-mile walking path.

On-site airport hotels have also made fitness centers available. Those who are not guests can pay a fee to unwind and let off some stress.

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, passengers can work out or hit the spa via hotels. At Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, non-guests can buy day passes for $10 to $19, the newspaper reports.

Other airports, such as Los Angeles International Airport, have kinetic options just minutes from the terminal. An 18-hole golf course is one option. Passengers who make the short trip to the LAX Flag Courtyard can do yoga or tai chi.

Exercise- and travel-enthusiast Kevin Gillotti’s Airport Gyms website documents fitness options within 15 minutes of a given airport.

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