Today, The Wall Street Journal reports on airports getting healthier, and as any seasoned traveler can attest, this shift is long overdue. I like to think of myself as a health nut – one with a serious weakness for Swedish Fish and French Fries – and I’ve had my own frustrations finding fare that wasn’t a greasy burger or sugary muffin. Without the choice, little red fish it is. But airports are taking initiative, and locations like Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) and Indianapolis (IND) are incorporating free yoga rooms and walking paths to kill time during a lengthy layover. Others are forcing the issue, requiring within a new tenant’s lease to offer healthy food options.
So, I got to thinking – why stop at Yoga rooms? Here are a few other sporty amenities I’d like to see in terminals:
- Calorie Counts on Menus – nothing makes you think twice about those nachos than seeing the 1200 calories they pack – Bloomberg is onto something here in NYC and airports should follow suit
- Walkstations – let travelers check their email or rebook a flight while they walk off that flight
- Recumbent Bikes at Gates – a little something to get you moving during that 30 minutes delay without getting you too warm to potentially offend your seatmate; maybe it could even power your iPhone charger?
- Freshen Up Station – On that note, how about personal hygiene bar to freshen up after your walk around the terminal. Unfortunately, sometimes travelers who don’t move around need this too…
Maybe some of these won’t be in the near future, but at least we can now justify wearing our comfy Lululemon gear on the plane.
What healthy options would you like to see at airports?