Health and wellbeing don’t need to suffer at this airport. After some exploring during my recent travel through Philadelphia International Airport, I have rounded up 10 ways you can get healthy during your layover.
Did you know PHL Airport ranks among the third top healthiest U.S. airports for eating choices? Indeed, there is a variety of healthy food options that span many different cuisines – from grab-and-go entrees to sit-down meals. Philadelphia International Airport makes it easy to eat your way through your layover!
Also, during #NationalBiketoWorkWeek this year Philadelphia International Airport recognized its Division of Aviation employees whose daily commute to and from PHL is via bicycling.
Here are a few ways you can stay healthy and happy during your layover.
10 Ways To Get Healthy At Philadelphia International Airport
1. Fill up your water bottle at one of the airports 12 hydration stations. Get healthy by drinking lots of water.
Dr. Nina sites that the health impact of just drinking water prevents cravings from dehydration, minimizes water weight, and fights kidney stones. In addition, being properly hydrated may decrease the risk of stroke. In a study at Johns Hopkins University, researchers found 44 percent of patients who had a stroke due to a clot were also dehydrated. So, drink up!
Location: All around the airport.
2. Chill out in a rocking chair. Get healthy by releasing endorphins that will elevate your mood.
There are many benefits to rocking such as stimulating circulation, improving muscle tone and even some weight loss (you can burn 150 calories per hour). In 1955, former US president John F Kennedy was prescribed a rocking chair by his doctor to alleviate his chronic back pain. Are you feeling some back pain after a flight? Give the chairs a try.
Location: All around the airport.
3. Relax in the shower. Get healthy via an energized or relaxed boost that can shake off any feelings of yuck.
Taking a shower is an essential part of a healthy routine, but depending on the temperature, your time spent under the water can offer different benefits. We say showering at the airport whether it is hot or cold has a ton of benefits. Everything from relaxing, better skin, and improved circulation. Go for it!
Location: Xpress Spa, Terminal D, Near Food Court
Hours: 7a.m. – 9:30p.m.
4. Drink up at Jamba Juice. Get healthy with some fresh juice or smoothies.
At Jamba Juice you can get deliciously fresh juice and smoothies! I have often asked what is the difference from a nutritional stand point – I recently read an article on youngandraw.com that helped clear up some of the misinformation and confusion over which one to choose.
Location: Post Security, Terminal D, near Gate D Hours: 7a.m. – 7p.m.
Location: Terminal C, near gate C9A Hours: 5a.m. – 11p.m.
5. Treat yourself to some retail therapy. Get healthy with some shopping in small doses.
Although shopping is not the conventional type of therapy, it does have positive emotional effects on individuals. In an article written by Emilie Rusch, she cites Scott Rick, an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business that “the act of buying can improve your mood by allowing you to make choices — where to shop.”
Location: Spread throughout the Airport’s 7 terminals are more than 160 national and local shops.
Location: Philadelphia Marketplace at the Airport on the B/C Connector has the look and feel of a shopping mall and features 30 retail shops.
6. Take a nap. Get healthy by closing your eyes and resting.
The health benefits of taking a nap are real especially after a long flight or layover. A study the European Society of Cardiology Congress in August 2015 concluded that taking a midday nap can reduce the occurrence of cardiac incidents quite significantly.
Location: Minute Suite, Terminal A-B Link
Hours: 24 Hours
7. Build your own salad at Saladworks. Get healthy by eating your fresh veggies.
At Salad works you can custom-make your own salad with a variety of ingredients into fresh salad bowl. We all know the benefits of eating fresh veggies, right?
Location: Post-Security, Terminal 2, Boarding Area D Retail Street
Hours: Daily, 5a.m. – 11p.m.
8. Ride a bike to the airport. Get healthy by taking a long bike ride and improve your health.
To encourage bicycling to the Airport, PHL offers convenient bike racks at the airport. For the location of the bike racks and more information on bicycle-friendly commutes to PHL, visit their Pedal to PHL Program page.
Bike Rack Locations:
1. Terminal A-West, near the taxi holding lot
2. Terminal B-C, near the Marriott Hotel
3. Terminals D-E, on the Commercial Vehicles Road adjacent to the SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Terminal C-D Station
9. Take a long walk. Get healthy by incorporating walking as part of your life.
Airport writer Harriet Baskas wrote in her article, Going the distance at U.S airports, that Philadelphia International Airport has a long route to walk on the secure side between Gate A26 in Terminal A-West to E12 in Terminal E, and measures a distance of 5,838 feet, or about 1.1 miles.
10. Stretch your body out. Get healthy by improving your flexibility and range of motion.
As the body ages, muscles can become tighter and range of motion in the joints can be minimized. Plus, a good stretch is beneficial for your body and mind – but get ready for the stares when doing some airport stretching. I found seven amazing stretches you can do at the airport with images by Maria from Fitness Reloaded. Check them out here, 7 travel stretches to do when flying!
Location: Airport chair.