How to Squeeze in Some Exercise When You’re Stuck for Hours at the Airport

How to Squeeze in Some Exercise When You’re Stuck for Hours at the Airport

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For many people, airports are high on their list of stressful places in the world. There are just too many factors at play that could make what should be routine procedures extremely frustrating. From security checks to boarding procedures and everything in between, there are many things about airports that could swing either on the good or not-so-good experience. Flight delays are among the airport woes that could trigger a domino effect in ruining well-laid plans. With so many unexpected things that could happen, many travelers end up experiencing a lot of stress. But instead of fretting about airport hassles, you could find a much better use of your time. Exercise, for instance, not only help you stay fit while traveling. It is also a good way to relieve stress.

Anticipate by finding out what facilities are available. Anticipate potential delays by finding out what leisure and fitness facilities or services are available. Do a quick research about the airports you travel from. Some airports in the US and across the globe have already introduced fitness on the go services. Some have meditation rooms, yoga studios, stationary recharging bikes, or walking routes. Then there are airport hotels that have fitness centers where travelers can do their workouts for a fee.

Pack your workout clothes in your carry-on. Squeeze in some lightweight workout gear in your carry-on. Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking or running if you are thinking of getting some workout during layovers. Hit the airport gym or any fitness facility that you can find.

Work with what you have. Make the most of the time you have to fit some form of exercise or physical activity. If you still have a lot of time, use whatever exercise equipment or facility is available at the airport. But even without such amenities, there are other ways to get your exercise. Find the stairs to do some step-up exercises.

Go for a stroll. Many airports cover vast areas, which make them suitable for getting some exercise by just walking around. You might even come across some interesting finds when you spend your time strolling around than sitting down waiting for your flight. Avoid elevators, escalators, moving walkways, or shuttles. Instead, use the opportunity to get more walking done. A pedometer can be a handy tool to count the number of steps you make every single day. Keeping track of your walking progress can motivate you to do more of it until it becomes part of your daily routine.

24 Hours in London: Top Places to See and Things to Do
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24 Hours in London: Top Places to See and Things to Do

Twenty four hours in many cities is not enough to cover all the things worth seeing and doing. And in a city like London which is one of the most visited places in the world, one day is awfully short to explore its attractions. On the upside, you will never run out of destinations and activities to choose from given the wealth of options available. Here are some of the top places you can visit and the things you can do when spending 24 hours in London.

Start your day with a Full English Breakfast
Full English Breakfast
Prepare for a full day ahead with a hearty breakfast. Preferably go for something filling like a traditional full English breakfast. You will be in for a scrumptious treat of bacon, eggs cooked the way you want it (scrambled, poached, or fried), mushrooms, sausages, tomatoes, and toast among others.

Visit Westminster
Go on a walking tour at Westminster which is home to several popular tourist attractions in London. Explore the South Bank to see a wide array of famous sights like the famous observation wheel the London Eye. You can also squeeze in a visit to some of the area’s top-rated sights that include the Florence Nightingale Museum, Garden Museum, Golden Hinde II, HMS Belfast, Hayward Gallery, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Palace, National Theatre of Great Britain, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Southbank Centre, Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, and The London Dungeon.

From the South Bank, you can head out towards the direction of one of London’s iconic landmark – the Big Ben. From there you can continue strolling to see more of the attractions clustered in this side of Westminster such as the Palace of Westminster or the Houses of Parliament, Churchill War Rooms, Palace of Westminster, Tate Britain, Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster Abbey, and the Winston Churchill Statue among others.

From Westminster Abbey, you can continue on foot to Buckingham Palace. If you are visiting during the summer, you can book a tour of the palace to see the Grand Staircase, State Rooms, the Throne Room, and the impressive collection of artworks that include those of Rembrandt and Vermeer. At around 11:00 in the morning, you may want to find a good spot to catch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Serpentine Cafe

From Buckingham Palace, head out to Hyde Park for lunch. The Serpentine Bar & Kitchen and the Lido Café both provide a great view of the lake while you enjoy your meal. You can then spend a relaxing time at the café or along the bank of the lake before you start exploring the many attractions of one of the city’s Royal Parks.

Afternoon tea at Covent Garden
Covent Garden
For another quintessential London experience, go for a delightful afternoon tea experience at Covent Garden. You can then spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the area and nearby attractions.

Night out at West End
West End
Spend the evening at London’s West End. For dinner, take your pick of the many restaurants and bars in the area serving a wide selection of local and international cuisines. You can catch a show at one of the theatres or spend the rest of the evening at an English pub before heading back to your hotel.