I was interested in how other people define healthy living, so I did a web search for definitions of healthy living. I wanted to see if my definition matched what other people and organizations believe healthy living means. Here is some of what I found:
“Healthy living is simply keeping both body and mind in good condition and avoiding activities and substances which would adversely effect your well being.”
In many ways these definitions are in tune with my own definition of healthy living. For me, it is not only the food I eat, the activities I engage in and the supplements I take; it is also about allowing myself to enjoy a day of non-activity or indulge in an “unhealthy” treat. Healthy living for me includes not only the physical, but also the mental aspects; making sure I spend time with friends, and taking time to spend with myself. To me, it is all about the balance.
To live a truly healthy life, I know that I need to lead a balanced life. I need to include all of the typical healthy items of exercise and good nutrition, but I also need to incorporate a social life, time for activities I enjoy, and time to just be. I also need to make time for all those things that just need to happen in life, like work, school, and trips to the grocery store. My life is not completely in balance right now, I have good days and bad days, but that is what this journey is about, finding that balance in my life. I know that life will never be 100% balanced, but part of healthy living is also knowing when one area of your life needs to take priority at any given time.
How do you define healthy living?