Munich, Germany— On Wednesday I had the chance to attend an event at the Westin Grand Hotel in Munich. The morning started off with a healthy breakfast from the new SuperFoodsRx menu. Starwood Hotels have started to make their hotel restaurants healthier for travelers by offering more nutritional meals. As someone who’s always on the go and often eats fast and cheap food, having a hotel that offers local, fresh and healthy foods is a big plus. I’ve gotten so tired of fast food, in fact, that I’ve sworn off the legendary döner kebab here in Germany. Yes, it’s true!
Healthier eating is just one part of the revamped Adam, though. I’ve also taken it upon myself to get outside more. Like I did years ago when I was feeling complacent and boring in Boston, I’ve made some changes in my habit and lifestyle. I’ve found one of the best ways to move forward is to push yourself and set goals within a timeline. And so I’ve started pushing myself away from the computer screen and out there on the pavement! Running or walking, it’s nice to be outside more. Even though it may be cold out there…
Westin hotels realized there are lots of other travelers out there like myself—ones interested in a healthier travel lifestyle. That’s why they’ve recently launched a partnership with New Balance to allow hotel guests to rent exercise shoes and clothing. The New Balance Gear Lending program is easy and efficient (so long as they’ve got your shoe size!). And it only costs $5 to borrow the gear during your stay!
I tested the service at the Westin in Münich. Not only do they offer all the exercise clothing you’d need (shoes, running shorts, a breathable shirt and new socks), but some hotels even provide a running map with suggested routes. Plenty of travelers out there recommend learning a city by running through it—something I’ve tried to do on occasion.
Nothing better than combining travel with healthy foods and healthy living! Living in hotels can be a tiring and unhealthy way of life. I should know! I just spent two months traveling through the USA and Canada staying mostly in boutique hotels. Staying healthy on that trip was always a bit of a challenge but I did manage to avoid most unhealthy foods. Exercise, though? Impossible. I just didn’t have the space in my luggage because it wasn’t a high enough priority.