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Staying Fit Between Flights With No Time to Spare

from The New York Times

I cleared Canadian customs after the flight from New York, stashed my passport in my backpack and strode down the wide, brightly lighted corridor of Toronto Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1.

My fellow passengers on the 8:45 Air Canada flight from La Guardia to Toronto were what you'd expect for a Wednesday morning. There were lots of suits and skirts, laptops and briefcases. When we landed, these people appeared poised to rush off to client meetings and appointments.

I had a date with a dumbbell.

Last October, GoodLife Fitness — Canada's largest chain of health clubs — opened what is believed to be the only in-terminal airport gym in North America, here at Pearson. I was here to see if the very idea of working out at an airport gym really works.

Yoga and meditation rooms, marked walking paths and gyms in nearby hotels have been appearing in airports over the last few years. According to the website, the number of fitness centers in and around airports has increased from 12 when the site was started in 2002, to about 200 now. But GoodLife's new 10,000-square-foot complex — near the international baggage claim, in an area that had been largely unused before — may be the boldest assertion yet that a centrally located, in-terminal, full-service fitness operation will get travelers to do more than eat, drink and sit. more

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