'Biggest Loser' Nutritionist Helps Omni Hotels Get Physical.
By Melanie Nayer ~ Weekly Exclusive with Views on the Latest Trends
Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Exclusive Feature: Summer swimsuit season may be over, but that doesn't mean hotels should pull back on their healthy travel amenities;

In fact, travelers have said that a maintaining a healthy travel regime while on the road is one of their top priorities.

While many hotels have started to put exercise equipment in guest rooms and offer personal training sessions and private classes, one hotel is setting up a series of events aimed at keeping travelers in a healthy state of mind.

Omni Hotels and Resorts' brand nutritionist Cheryl Forberg, R.D - also the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser - created a seven-part “Healthy Traveler Series” that provides helpful advice to help travelers to make better wellness and lifestyle choices while on the road.

This video series [www.omnihotels.com/chef-cheryl-forberg] includes eating tips as well as exercise programs.

Sure, there's something wonderful about cheating on your diet and sleeping a little later when you're traveling, and hotels certainly want guests to experience a bit of the good life (which often includes chocolates, pastries and award-winning meals).

The tips in Omni's “Healthy Traveler Series” will help hotel guests maintain their diet and exercise regimen with little hassle, while still enjoying all the indulgent amenities of full-service hotels.

“The trifecta of travel is to maintain a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise, while on the road. Studies suggest that eating the right food, combined with exercise, can improve energy levels, focus, and even leadership skills,” Forberg, who is also a James Beard award-winning chef, said in a press statement.

“Travelers with busy schedules often think they are too tired to make smart, healthy food choices or make time for exercise, when in reality, it’s exactly the opposite. Eating the right foods, at the right time, combined with exercise, can keep metabolism and energy levels higher for when you need it most throughout the day.”

When you travel as much as the professionals do, you know how important it is to get in a little fitness while you're on the road. I always pack prepared with running shoes and a set of workout clothes, so I can either hit the fitness center or take an hour out of my day for a power walk or jog around the hotel's neighborhood.

It's a great way to see the sights and familiarize yourself with the area, while also getting in a little exercise. Forberg also recommends taking the stairs, instead of the elevator, when you can, and allowing the hotel's concierge to put together an outdoors activity that includes some walking, so you burn calories while you sightsee.

To help make working out easy for travelers, Omni put together a Get Fit Kit that includes two, 2-pound weights, a floor mat, bottle of water, and an AM/FM headset. Participating hotels also offer Get Fit rooms equipped with a treadmill.

Travelers: What new exercise amenities have you seen in hotels? Hotels: What new amenities are you planning on introducing in the coming months?

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Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.

Melanie writes a weekly exclusive column for 4Hoteliers.com

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