Staying Healthy While Staying at a Hotel
Heading to the Windy City for work or pleasure? Thinking of booking a hotel room just for a special night out? You’ve been working hard at home to eat healthy and workout, but now your stay at a hotel may compromise all that you have accomplished. Not only is your diet plan at risk, studies have shown that hotel rooms may not be the cleanest of places. Experts say the risk of getting sick from hotel germs is relatively low; however your hotel room is your home away from home. It’s important for it to be clean, safe and no harm to your health. What can you do to ensure your room is up to your standards?
HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOTEL ROOM HEALTHY
• Book your room on a nonsmoking floor (nonsmoking room)
• Avoid the minibar.
• Don’t sleep with the bed cover! Studies have shown these aren’t generally very clean, so avoiding them all together is your best bet.
• Bring antibacterial wipes and clean off remotes, light switches, telephone and other highly used items.
• Bring your own cup/bottle. Avoid using the reusable glass cups.
• Sleep is über important to your health, but it’s not always easy to get a good night’s rest
• Exercise! Sure, you may be on vacation, but keeping yourself moving will make you feel better. Swim in the pool, do yoga in your
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room or go for a walk.
• When you’re booking your room, ask if there are
any renovations going on. If yes, consider staying at a different hotel or ask to be located furthest away from the noise and dust.
THE HEALTHIEST HOTELS IN AMERICA*
1. The Fairmont (200 North Columbus Drive): hosts various health and wellness programs for visitors including the Fit program, blackberry massages, stress free, and more! Workout at the on-site Lakeshore Athletic Club while staying at the Fairmont.
2. Four Seasons (120 East Delaware Place): award winning workout facilities, including fitness classes and personal trainers. Four Seasons also offers healthy food choices, which use local produce (Mmm… mulitgrain pancakes!)
3. Kimpton Hotels (3 locations in Chicago): in-room mind/body spa with on-demand pilates classes, yoga supplies and more. Plus, the minibars are stocked with local, organic foods.
4. Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue): upgraded fitness equipment in gyms with an Eat Right menu that offers healthy food choices for all types of diets.
5. Hyatt Regency (multiple locations in Chicago): StayFit Hyatt Program gives visitors local running/walking routes, on-demand yoga classes, fitness equipment 24 hours, and healthy food choices on all menus.
*according to Health Magazine’s “America’s Healthiest”
Sources: Athletic Minded Traveler, Health Magazine’s “America’s Healthiest.”
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