Can you be healthy without being active?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2012 at 1:46 AM

What do you guys think on health and being active? I'm a runner and eat for performance and i can tell you I feel a lot better since getting active and fit. I thought I'd see what you guys think on sports. Do you think you can be healthy and live a sedentary lifestyle?

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:48 AM

We're not built for a sedentary lifestyle. It's all about how we have evolved, imo. We've evolved as an active animal.


on January 16, 2012
at 01:56 AM

It depends what you mean by healthy and what you mean by sedentary. I think most people in this country live a sedentary lifestyle. I think most could be considerably healthier than the currently perceived 'norm' without being more active. It's preferable, but I wouldn't look to isolate people by criticising their level of effort.



on January 16, 2012
at 01:54 AM

For how long? I'm quite healthy for my age and I'm MUCH healthier than I was a year ago.

I'm not as active as I'd like to be but I'm probably fairly active for an old granny. :-))

I believe you should be as active as you can; in the short term, lack of activity may not ruin your health but it's not great for your feeling of well-being and in the long run lack of activity is a factor in ill health IMO.

If you're active in your 20s (I was) and 30s (I was) etc., you may find you can enjoy some level of health if you eat wisely even if you're not out running and lifting weights.

So, be active if/while you can but it's not the only health factor.



on January 16, 2012
at 01:50 AM

No you can not be healthy living a very sedentary lifestyle....

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