Yes, I believe there is a correct answer: the one that any person gives.
I define the term “healthy” much broader, making it thus even more confusing. I believe that ‘being healthy’ is more a state of mind than of body. I have a client with MS who describes herself as healthy. And I wholeheartedly agree.
About 20 years ago, I was in the hospital with pneumonia. It was one of those nasty bugs that came out of nowhere. I had been fighting fit one day and was in a hospital bed the next. Yet, I would broadcast (as soon as I had my wits about me again) to all the nurses that I was the healthiest person in their hospital.
I consider healthy being physically able to do whatever I want to do at any time I want to do it with no negative physical limitations.
I think Wellness is a much better concept than healthy and the direction that “healthy” is actually going in the fitness industry.
Wellness and the Wellness Wheel are much more encompassing of our daily lives than just being healthy.
I believe that “healthy” is being able to meet the challenges ahead of you and a little more. The key, is top understand that what one persons decides may be different from another, so in reality there is no right or wrong answer. As long as we are trying to make our lives better, eating right, and training for “OUR” goal, we should be hitting the mark.
Healthy to me means being balanced in all areas of your life, as well as your body. Work/play, time off/work time, interests outside of fitness, inside/outside pursuits. Flexibility/strength, cardio fitness/endurance, muscle suppleness. Being mindful of others, having mental/intellectual challenges. Having a great support system with family, friends, and advisors/mentors.