How to Have A Fit and Healthy Life

by Noel Chelliah · 5 comments

People think that I struggle to get my workouts in daily and suffer to eat healthy… but the truth is I don’t. In fact, being consistent with my workouts and eating habits is SO EASY for me to do – because it has become a lifestyle.

If you’d like to make fitness and healthy living become a lifestyle, then read on as I share 4 STEPS you can take right now and be that whole new person that’s hidden inside you.

When Healthy Living Becomes A Lifestyle

When something becomes a part of your lifestyle, then you no longer need to ‘force’ yourself to do it. It’s just like brushing your teeth… no one needs to force you to do it – you just do it out of routine because you know you need to. And if you don’t brush your teeth for a day… things wouldn’t feel right, and you’d feel (and taste!) weird all morning.

Now imagine feeling ‘not right’ and all weird if you didn’t get to workout or eat healthy for a day – now THAT is what we should all work to achieve.

Often when I work with people and even at my talks to organizations, I have discovered that making exercise and healthy eating a lifestyle is probably the most challenging task of all. But today I want to tell you that although it could be the most challenging, it is probably the most rewarding as well – hence why we all must put in the effort to do it.

Just because it is challenging, doesn’t mean we don’t work towards it.

My 4-step Process to a Fit, Healthy, and Happy Life

1. Make small changes

One less teaspoon of sugar, or a 10-minute walk, or take the stairs to your office instead of the elevator – there are tonnes of little steps you can take. The key here is consistency. Do something small, and keep doing it often. Remember that every decision you make either brings you closer to your goals or further away from it – so what will you choose?

2. Get a ‘mentor’/fitness friend

A mentor can be anyone who is more successful than you in the area of exercise and better nutrition. It could be a colleague, your friend, or even family. It could even be someone you hardly know but always see at the gym. They don’t need to be a certified fitness professional to help you get started. As long as you have something to learn from them (e.g. they’re very consistent with their workouts but you are not), then you can seek their help. All you need to do is ask them to share some tips with you, and I’m pretty certain if you go up to them and ask them for some guidance – you won’t be turned away.

3. Share your goals with a friend or loved one

Don’t do life alone – find someone who will walk this journey with you. Also, I don’t mean posting it up as your status update on Facebook because FB can sometimes be full of negative people who will discourage and put you down when you need your strength the most. In fact, if you stopped spending all that time on Facebook, you’ll probably have enough time to workout and cook your own meals even, but that’s a whole different blog post altogether.

4. Take Action

Don’t just read this blog post and nod with agreement… but actualy decide and do it. That alone makes all the difference.

I promise, that if you put in the time required to strengthen and train your body (even if it’s just 30-min workouts, 3x/a week), and eat healthy 90% of the time – and if you can successfully MAINTAIN that for a couple of weeks – you are then already on your way to a better lifestyle.

I’m not saying this journey is going to be easy – but once you get it, you will get it for life, and the benefits of that is just huge, and could potentially save you from emptying your life savings to pay for medical treatment when you’re older.

This is the beginning of the rest of your FIT, HEALTHY and HAPPY life.

Let me know your thoughts and comment below.

Speak soon,


About the author

Noel Chelliah Noel Chelliah, ACE-LWMC, ACE-CPT, Pn1, is Malaysia's Top Transformation Expert. In 2012, he became the first Malaysian to hold the highly sought-after Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coaching certification. No stranger to being overweight, Noel has gone through a life-changing transformation himself, from fat, to fit. In 2012, Noel Chelliah established fitness history in Malaysia for winning the 2012 AFC Presenter Idol at the Asia Fitness Convention. Noel also serves as a Wellness Creative Consultant to numerous corporate organizations in the country. In his spare time, Noel serves the community with various programs that promote a healthier lifestyle, and enjoys playing with his dogs. Click here to read Noel's full bio.

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Mehrun Ramji September 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Many thanks for this very “challenging” blog. Very timely for me. As I continue in my second month of Diet Depletion Challenge, I begin to realize that deleting three food items from my diet and diligently exercise five days a week is turning out to be a life style. I neither miss or crave for those items. Choosing healthy food items is becoming an adventure.

All this is happening because I took up your challenge with a commitment to make it to the end. Anxiously awaiting the next challenge, please.


Kan Tun September 10, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Thank you so much for a kind advice. I went it through and found the secrets how to eat. I have delicately engage myself to IF. Hope it will work.

Yes it is correct to keep up healthy especially at my age of 68, beginning of elderly phase, so as to avoid emptying the few live saving and keep healthy and well being till the last day.

Thanks a lot, Kan Tun


Noel Chelliah September 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I’m very encouraged to hear your story. Keep up the good work! Happy to help.


Cindy September 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Facing so many challenges to keep up with any exercise programme as I have a lot of joint problems and am prone to injuries. Right now, I’m nursing a swollen right knee and strained right upper back. Not even sure how it happened. Shifting pots or something. Thought it’d resolve but after a month still in pain. Finally caved and went to see my doctor and am under physio but can only limp into the gym once a week for my pilates class (modified) and can’t do much cardio. Weight has shot up. Ok, I confess to binging a little when the self-pity kicks in but I know I gotta get out of this rut if only my body would cooperate. Any tips to keep myself motivated?


Noel Chelliah September 10, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Sorry to hear about your knee/back Cindy… and glad to hear that you’re still keeping up with your fitness routine. Often, weight gain is not so much due to the lack of exercise, but often it is because of our food intake. If we are less active, we need to eat a little less. When you find yourself demotivated… think of why you first started… hope that helps.


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