It’s one thing to be healthy at home. There’s the comfort of the places you know or shop/dine at, there’s the familiar workout spots, and there are the trails you’ve frequented time and time again.

But what about when you’re away from home?

What about when you’re traveling for work, school, or pleasure? What about when you’re visiting an out-of-town friend or family member? What if you’re out of your comfort zone and somewhat forced to create a new routine?

Change can be scary, but it doesn’t have to hold you back. Here are some tips for healthy habits when you’re away from home:

healthy habits when you're away from home


1. Try to shop over dining out (when possible).

I get it. Traveling can be that exciting time when you get to break the routine. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a fancy meal with coworkers or drinks with friends. There’s nothing wrong with doing those things, but there are ways to support healthy habits, too.

Rather than eating out every single meal, opt to buy groceries. That way you have more control over the items/choices, as well as the portions. You’ll also save money, too!

2. Familiarize yourself with the area.

If you want to promote healthy habits when you’re away from home, find ways to create comfort—even in the unknown. The sooner you ask about favorite spots, research local places on Google, explore the area on foot, etc. the sooner you’ll be able to start integrating your normal routines into the day.

For example, once you figure out where the workout room in the hotel is or how you can create makeshift hotel room workouts, you’re more apt to actually visit it. Same goes for grocery stores, walking trails, and even local gyms. (PS: Some workout studios have locations in different areas—it’s always worth checking!)

3. Take advantage of guest passes.

One of the best ways we at Synergy welcome out-of-towners is through our 3-Day Guest Pass. Perhaps there’s something similar where you’re visiting! Search places that offer guest perks and buddy up with the person (or people) you’re staying with (if applicable). If you can’t get someone to go with you, don’t be afraid to head out alone—challenging yourself is a good thing!

PS: If you have people visiting you, don’t forget to offer them the 3-day pass so they can come for free!

4. Remember moderation is key for low stress.

Creating healthy habits when you’re away from home can be challenging, but remember that moderation is key. You don’t have to constantly say ‘no’ to things or feel restricted. But you don’t want to go wild and break all your routines and positive habits, either.

Create a sense of moderation within your stay that encourages you rather than frustrates. Remember: being hard on yourself gets you nowhere! Focus on the things you can do, as well as the balance in order to lower your stress while away from home.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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