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Editor's Pick: A Hotel Wellness Program We Can't Help But Love

Editor's Pick: A Hotel Wellness Program We Can't Help But Love


An innovative wellness program offers guests workout clothes and shoes for five bucks, free running maps and guided workout videos, and the ability to stay fit without ever leaving the room.

Maintaining your medication regime while you’re traveling can be a real challenge, staying on top of workouts perhaps even harder. But Westin Hotel and Resorts, which has 192 hotels,  has come up with some unique ways to help you stay fit without filling your luggage with running shoes, yoga mats, and weights.

As part of their “well-being movement,” Westin has not only developed state-of-the-art fitness centers but began a partnership with New Balance that enables guests to leave their gym clothes at home. Their gear lending program provides guests the opportunity to rent New Balance shoes and clothing for just five bucks for the duration of their stay.

To get workout clothing, guests simply dial guest services and request their specific shoe and clothing sizes. Clean clothing (including socks) are delivered to the room. When the guest checks out they leave the items behind in a provided mesh bag. The socks are theirs to keep. It's a great way opportunity for anyone who wants to travel light, forgets their workout gear, or, ahem, wants to try out New Balance shoes and workout clothes without the financial committment. It's a great equalizer too; coming up with $5 to hit the gym in proper attire is a lot more affordable than forking over the price of a whole workout outfit.

The Westin wellness program doesn’t stop there. Their well-being website features 5-minute strength training workouts guided by certified strength and conditioning specialist Holly Perkins. Dedicated runners can get free local maps that detail three- and five-mile courses through cityscapes, along beaches, or into rural areas (depending on the location of the hotel).  Runners of all levels are also invited to join a group run with a Westin Run Concierge. Whether guests join the group or run on their own, Westin will welcome them back with a fresh towel and bottle of cold water.

Don’t like the atmosphere of hotel fitness centers or prefer to stay in the comfort and safety of a private room? Westin has the solution: skip the standard and book one of their workout rooms. These special guest rooms come equipped with a treadmill or stationary bike, dumbbells, fitness DVDs, resistance bands, and stability balls. That way fitness buffs can exercise at any hour of the day, in the privacy and comfort of their own rooms.

By providing guests with everything from the clothese they need to the weights they'll lift, Westin’s wellbeing program helps travelers find plenty of ways to get moving. What excuse will us coach potatoes use now?


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