In Her Words: What Does Healthy Living Mean to Women?

Health is defined as the general condition of the body with reference to vigor. Exciting? No, not exactly, but it is vitally important and more powerful when put in the context of a person's life. As part of the POPSUGAR Insights 2014 Healthy Living Report, we asked women to complete a homework assignment for us to define what healthy living means to them in the context of their lives. We didn't assign specific rules to the assignment, as we were more interested in capturing how women defined the term in their own words. The results show a mix of unique perspectives and tried and true wisdom, written with the savvy of a copy editor.

To me, healthy living means . . .

  • Eating a rainbow, because our bodies need nutrients that you can't get from a box or can.
  • Being sustainable, because the smaller our footprint the healthier the planet.
  • Staying active, because a body in motion remains in motion.
  • Maintaining a healthy work/life balance, because it is important to take time to do what makes you happy.
  • Surrounding myself with people who are better than myself, because it makes me want to be the best version of me.
  • Cooking with healthy ingredients that come from as close to home as possible.
  • Putting my body to the test six days out of the week to build a healthy and strong body.
  • Making a conscious effort to fuel my body with good food every day.
  • Making time to rest, because unwinding is as important as the work I do.
  • Moderation because a life well lived is a healthy balance of discipline and sin.
  • Spending time outdoors, because that's when I feel happiest and healthiest.
  • Accepting where I am in life and living in the present.