As the year kicks off, it’s easy to maintain those New Year resolutions during the first week. Yoga classes. Healthy eating. Personal training sessions. However, once life kicks in, those good intentions often fall by the wayside. I’ve always found it difficult to maintain my fitness routine when travelling. The sunshine. The cocktails. The mini-bar. The cheeseboard. Read my piece for Women’s Health Magazine about the healthy choices to make when travelling.
But it is not as difficult as you may think to stay fit whilst on the road. Chicago O’Hare International Airport has recently introduced a yoga room so travellers can maintain a state of Zen, whilst up in the air. Located in Terminal Three, the Yoga Room features sustainable bamboo exercise mats, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, video tutorials and relaxing music. San Francisco Airport also has a dedicated yoga room, whilst Singapore’s Changi Airport has a Balinese themed rooftop pool where you can swim lengths and enjoy views of the runway.
When I am travelling to the US I always stay with Kimpton Hotels as the properties offer a yoga channel and yoga kit as part of their room service menu. Forget the usual turn-down service, that is so 2013! Kimpton staffers will perform a “Roll Out” service, where a Kimpton staffer will set up a eco-friendly Gaiam yoga mat, provide you with extra towels and flavored water and tune you into the complimentary on-demand yoga channel.
Once you land in your destination, why not download Om Finder the new yoga app, free from the iTunes Store on which you can find upcoming classes and yoga studios nearby. Classes can be found at 7,000 studios in 63 countries worldwide and can be filtered by time and type with specialist classes including hatha, power flow, vinyasa and Bikram yoga. With more than 20 million people practicing yoga worldwide, the app is a great way to plug into the global yoga community whilst on holiday. Happy travels!