Putting healthful food on banquet and break tables is a start, but you also can show your attendees that you care about their well-being by organizing fitness events that get them moving no matter what their level of ability is.
Substituting a snack break with a quick burst of action helps everyone avoid the that midmorning/post-lunch/midafternoon slump that can kill participation and enthusiasm.
Look for more fitness-forward offerings as the trend toward wellness at meetings and events grows. These seven hotels are a start. Each has a way to keep your attendees alert and active, whether as small-group enhancements or in general-session events for everybody:
- General manager boot camp: Upon request, Hilton West Palm Beach’s general manager will lead group fitness boot camp classes for meeting groups. The Florida hotel is scheduled to open in March.
- Stationary bikes in meeting rooms: Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino in San Juan has stationary bikes guests can ride during meetings and, upon request, offers standing meetings.
- “Tour de France” spinning: Sandos Cancun in Mexico organizes a spinning “Tour de France” in which teams compete to accumulate the highest mileage in a set time to win prizes. Zumba lessons and personalized yoga and meditation sessions also are available to groups.
- Hula-Hooping: HoopFit is a high-energy group Hula-Hoop dance class that helps guests in Well & Being classes at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona bond and beat stress. Add HoopFit to meeting breakouts during the day or offer LED-lighted hoops to an evening icebreaker.
- Running concierge: The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., has a “running concierge” who leads group runs around the desert oasis. Guests can borrow workout attire (shoes included) through an on-site lending program.
- Aerial yoga: During aerial yoga workshops at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, meeting attendees move through various yoga poses while suspended in a giant fabric hammock 3 feet in the air.
- “Amazing Race:” The Hilton Orlando offers an “Amazing Race”-styled event that uses the property’s on-site lazy river and water slide. The high-intensity event is designed to inject energy into your event, while promoting teamwork and camaraderie.
Many hotels have jumped on the fitness bandwagon with special programs and extras, some for all guests and others just for loyalty program members. These include:
- Fairmont Fit. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts’ Fairmont Fit program delivers workout gear and light fitness equipment to the room for loyalty members (free to join). A basket of tennis shoes, workout clothes and new socks (guests can keep them) arrives upon request to guest rooms.
- Westin workout rooms. The Westin workout room program puts cardio equipment, yoga mats and resistance balls in guest rooms. Visitors can save packing space by borrowing New Balance running shoes and workout gear for $5 during their stay. Many Westins have “RunWestin” programs that map 3- and 5-mile running routes in the area.
- Omni Get Fit Kit. Guests can request a Get Fit Kit, which includes a yoga mat, mini contour weights, a five-pound kettlebell and push-up bar.
- Kimpton yoga mats and bike fleets. Kimpton offers yoga mats in all guest rooms and has a fleet of bikes at its hotels, which you can borrow to cycle around town.
- Hyatt StayFit and YogaAway. Concierges at Hyatt hotels can deliver lightweight equipment to guest rooms upon request, or guests can tune into dedicated TV channels that offer yoga instruction.
- IHG’s EVEN Hotels brand. IHG’s EVEN Hotel designs the guest’s entire experience for maximum wellness, including in-room equipment like yoga mats, foam rollers and exercise balls, and an in-room workout bar.