The American Heart Association has declared the first Wednesday in April to be National Walking Day. To celebrate, this week at least two airports unveiled new walking paths inside their terminals.
Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport – which had about 1400 passengers sleeping in the terminals Tuesday night due to tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms – introduced a walking path inside Terminal D.
The DFW LiveWell Walking Path, measuring seven-tenths of a mile, is aligned with the tiled DFW Art Program floor medallions adorning Terminal D’s boarding gatehouses.
You’ll find the floor medallions stretched out the length of the terminal, from Gate D6 to Gate D40. The Walking Path also features two optional step courses in the form of the 55-foot high staircases at Terminal D’s two Skylink people mover stations.
As a bonus, DFW has followed the lead of San Francisco International Airport and installed a Yoga Center at Gate D40.
Not to be outdone, the Indianapolis International Airport now has three Walking Paths.
Those waiting for passengers to arrive can walk the quarter-mile path around the IND ticketing hall. Post-security, there’s a half-mile course around each concourse and a 1.1-mile course around both concourses.
Here are links showing each of IND’s marked paths:
Several other airports, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport also have signs marking distances in the terminals.
And the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) has a 12.5 mile bike/hike trail that circles the airport.
Want to find out if your airport has an official walking path? Try checking the American Heart Association site, which list walking paths in airports, amusement parks, shopping malls and other places – or just grab your carry-on bags, avoid the escalators and the moving walkways – and just walk.