Although the American Heart Association celebrated National Walking Day on April 3rd this year, it’s a good idea to spend at least part of everyday walking.
And, with long, carpeted concourses and little-used stairways alongside most escalators, airports offer a great place to do some of that walking.
Here’s a list of some U.S. airports that have gone the extra step and mapped out cardio trails inside the terminals. Some airports, such as BWI, list the walking path info on their websites; paths for others, such as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, can be found on the American Heart Association website.
The newest cardio trail is at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, which last week introduced two marked walking paths inside the Airport terminal.
The Terminal Loop is a 1K round-trip walk along the public side of the terminal’s upper level (the area with white tile floor prior to security checkpoints). Start anywhere along the upper level of the terminal and walk to the end of Concourse A, circle back to the end of Concourse E and return to your starting point.
The Concourse A/B Loop is a 1K round-trip walk inside the secured area of Concourse A and B. Start anywhere along either A or B Concourse. Walk to the end of Concourse A, circle back to the end of Concourse B and return to your starting point.
It takes about 20 minutes to walk each loop. Look for the BWI Cardio Trail logos on the walls, get a map from the information desk or download a copy of the trail map here.
Other airports with cardio trails include:
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: The walk from Concourse A to Concourse E is .79 miles. See a map here.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport: The path measures seven-tenths of a mile and follow the DFW Art Program floor medallions in International Terminal D. There are markings/signage between each of the twelve medallions between gates D6 and D40. To stretch the walk, there are two 55-foot high staircases that lead up to the Skylink stations.
Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport has a 2 mile Health Walk mapped out for passengers.
Indianapolis International Airport has a map with five walking paths marked on it.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a 1.4 mile walking path and a downloadable brochure to lead the way.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has also paced off the mileage inside the airport: It’s a half-mile from the Central Terminal to the end of Concourse A. Walk the full length of Concourses A, B, C, and D and you’ll have traveled over two miles.
If you know of some other airports that have official walking paths through the terminals, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.