Is there a verb that describes the act of being healthy (exercising, eating well, etc.)? Preferably a single word

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    Being healthy is not an act, it's a condition. Doing things that (supposedly) promote good health expresses an interest in physical fitness. Unfortunately for you, two words.
    – Xanne
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 19:44
  • I am healthing all the time since I high-blood-pressured.
    – Mitch
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 20:00
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    @Mitch — Well I hope you cover your mouth while doing so.
    – David
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 20:48
  • Answered at Is there a single word meaning 'to grow and flourish'?. Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 20:57

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I think 'thriving' is the closest I can get.

If someone or something thrives, they do well and are successful, healthy, or strong.

(Collins English Dictionary)

  • @ sumelic My mistake. Your edit accepted.
    – Nigel J
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 21:06
  • In the US, doctors often use "thrive" for this concept. "Failure to thrive" is a commonly cited reason that summarizes why a patient, especially a very young child or an elderly individual, has required a medical evaluation.
    – Shosht
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 4:04

Consider flourish: (ODO)

[no object] (of a living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly congenial environment.

‘wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake’

In Taylor's Health and Human Flourishing:

It is clear then, that our flourishing is subject to the vicissitudes of fortune, to disease and disability, to the powers of nature, and to the choices and conduct of others.

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