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Hotel fitness programs for healthy holiday travel

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Good news for those of you workout-hungry gals who are traveling this holiday season. If your relatives don't have room for you in their abode, check in to a hotel that offers a state-of-the-art fitness center and sweat-worthy exercise programs. The following hotels deliver comfy accommodations and holiday calorie-busting exercise options.
Woman exercising in hotel gym

Hotel fitness is a growing trend

Gone are the days when all a hotel had to offer was a room with a bed and bathroom. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association 2010 Lodging Survey, hotels are getting healthier.

The survey found:

  • The number of hotels with exercise equipment in guest rooms nearly tripled in three years to 17 percent, up from 6 percent in 2008.
  • Eighty-three percent of hotels have exercise rooms or fitness facilities, up from 63 percent in 2004.
  • Fifty-six percent of hotels have 100 percent non-smoking guest rooms, an 18 percent increase from 2008.

The hotel fitness trend makes travel far more enjoyable for exercise enthusiasts and it offers a healthy venue for families to enjoy while on the road for the holidays and beyond.

Hotel fitness offerings flex their muscles – and yours

Westin Hotels & Resorts/New Balance

Did you know that workout gear takes up approximately half of the space in a carry-on? Now you don't have to worry about toting it with you when you stay at a Westin property. The worldwide hospitality brand has an exclusive partnership with New Balance, in which fitness gear (shoes with disposable insoles, tank tops, pants, accessories and more) will be available to guests through a complimentary gear lending program. The program is currently available in 10 pilot properties and will launch globally in early 2012.

Gansevoort Hotel Group/Exhale

You've seen the DVDs and perhaps even experienced Exhale, the popular mind-body spa facility best known for its unique spa therapies and transformational Core Fusion fitness program. Now you can visit your family and friends in New York and stay at Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, and Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC. Exhale offers a schedule of Core Fusion, Core Fusion Cardio, Core Fusion Sport, Core Fusion Yoga, and Music Yoga Flow classes within a mind-body studio. Core Fusion is a blend of core conditioning, Pilates and yoga to produce long, lean muscles, a flexible, youthful body, and a sense of peace and relaxation. And couldn't we all use that during the stressful holiday season?

Sheraton Hotels and Resorts/Core Performance

As part of Sheraton's $6 billion revitalization, the hotel company has completely revamped their fitness centers and offerings by partnering with Core Performance, the leader in performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy. Stay at a Sheraton and indulge in the Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance program. Mark Verstegen, pro athlete trainer and founder of Core Performance, helped Sheraton create a customized training and nutrition program for travelers. Of note, this alliance marks the first time that Core Performance has partnered with a hotel company.

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts/Stay Fit

The Hyatt Stay Fit program, which was launched with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson, offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities at Hyatts throughout North America and the Caribbean. Equipped with the latest in cardio and strength-training equipment and fitness tools, the Stay Fit gyms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need motivation, you can take advantage of the Gunnar Peterson-designed workouts and if you need a mind-body workout, you can do the in-room Yoga Away program with TV classes. As a bonus, the hotel's Stay Fit Fitness Concierges can accommodate you with workout gear, fitness tips for the local area and arm you with a GPS watch to map and monitor your outdoor fitness treks.

Hilton Hotels and Resorts/ Precor

Available at select locations, the Hilton Fitness by Precor program includes the latest Precor equipment, including ellipticals, treadmills and stationary bikes, all with personal TV screens and headphones. When you're done with your cardio, you can lift free weights, hydrate with the complimentary water, grab a towel and cool down while stretching your muscles. According to the hotel's main website, the Hilton Fitness by Precor program will be available at all locations by year's end.

More holiday health tips

Holiday diet tips to keep you trim
Top 5 tips to eat less this holiday season
10 Stay-fit travel tips for the holidays

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