If you come to Atlanta on an extended stay — to work, for example — you may inadvertently become sedentary during your stay. If you stay in a cramped hotel room, for example, you’re liable to fall into the habits of working long hours, eating restaurant food every evening and crashing in your hotel bed every night, with little or no time for other activities. A couple of weeks of that activity, and you’re liable to start feeling sluggish, sickly and maybe even a bit tight in your clothes. What can you do to stay healthy and active while visiting Atlanta? Here are a few tips that may help.
Get Out and See the Atlanta Sights
Another way to get some great physical activity during your stay in Atlanta is to walk around and take in all the famous sights! In the Downtown Atlanta neighborhood, don’t miss the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Center, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights — all of which are connected by Centennial Olympic Park.
Hop on the Atlanta streetcar toward the Edgewood/Sweet Auburn district for great nightlife as well as spots that commemorate the city’s role in the American civil rights movement, including the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site (including Dr. King’s birth home), the King Center, and Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Other great spots to visit while you’re in town include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead, Ponce City Market (check out the rooftop!), Zoo Atlanta, Fernbank Museum, the Fox Theatre, Jimmy Carter Center, and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. For some quirky sightseeing and tourist experiences, be sure to check out Little Five Points and the Krog Tunnel.
Don’t forget to catch a Braves game at the Suntrust Park or head over to the Mercedes Benz stadium for a Falcons football game.
Take Time for Recreation
It’s easier said than done, but after all, you can’t work all the time. Try to discipline yourself to take a little time off to commune with nature or participate in other outdoor activities. To save time and make it more convenient to get outdoors, consider staying near the Atlanta BeltLine, a new multi-use trail system that connects to numerous Atlanta neighborhoods and green spaces, such as Piedmont Park and Oakland Cemetery.
You can also find corporate housing along the scenic Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta, where you can enjoy fishing, boating or a picnic lunch along the banks. If golf is your game, Atlanta is home to numerous championship courses, and corporate housing is available there, too. Even staying in a walkable neighborhood will give you more excuses to get outside during your downtime. Doing so will help you unplug and de-stress, not to mention help you stay physically healthier.
Cook Your Own Food
Atlanta has an amazing foodie scene, but eating the rich meals found in restaurants night after night will start to take its toll after a while. As an alternative, try staying in a corporate apartment with a full kitchen. Head to the grocery store for healthy, organic fruits, veggies and meats, and prepare your own meals. Not only does this give you more control over your food choices — it can save you money, and the act of cooking can itself be therapeutic after a long day at the office.
Take Advantage of Fitness Amenities
Most hotels these days have on-site pools and fitness facilities. Likewise, corporate housing is typically located in luxury apartment communities which also have amenities like exercise rooms, swimming pools, walking trails and even saunas. Before heading off to work in the morning (or before crashing at night), make a point of heading to the fitness center or the pool to get some exercise. Doing this even a few minutes a day will help you feel better, stay fit and have more energy.
Staying healthy and active while visiting Atlanta, Georgia has a lot to do with where you stay. TP Corporate Lodging offers many affordable housing options throughout the Atlanta, Georgia area. All our units have fully equipped kitchens, most are in apartment communities with fitness centers, and we also offer numerous locations in walkable areas like Midtown Atlanta, Old Fourth Ward, Inman Park, Buckhead, and Vinings. Give us a call at 800.428.9997 for current availability.