Singapore #Fitspo of the week: Narelle Kheng

Strong is the new sexy and fitness is the new party. With society leaning towards health and fitness, Yahoo's #Fitspo of the Week series is dedicated to all inspirational women in Singapore leading active lifestyles. Know of any who deserve to be featured? Hit me up on and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (cheryltaysg).

Narelle Kheng. Photo by Cheryl Tay
Narelle Kheng. Photo by Cheryl Tay


Narelle Kheng (@narellekheng)
Age: 21
Occupation: Musician with The Sam Willows / Student / Actor
Status: Single
Height: 160cm
Weight: 48kg
Diet: Huge food junkie who loves to eat and doesn’t stop herself from enjoying what she likes to eat, while trying to keep a relatively balanced diet and have everything in moderation
Training: A mix of dance, gymnastics, running
Have you always been an active person?
I’ve always been very active since I was a kid. I started competitive swimming at the age of six and I did a few other extracurricular actives too like dance and gymnastics. I still like to play sports and try different kind of sports like wakeboarding and aerial arts.

How confident are you about your body?
I would say pretty confident, but of course there are days when I can try on 10 different outfits and feel horrible because nothing looks good.

Did you ever struggle with body image issues or weight issues?
Always. The older I get the more so, even though there are more people today who compliment me. It’s about learning to love yourself.

What misconceptions about fitness does society have these days?
I think a lot of people think that being fit comes with a whole lifestyle/package. If you want to be fit you have to live the whole healthy lifestyle of waking up early, steering clear of all fatty foods and sugar, you have to wake up early and be very positive. Truth is fitness, like beauty, is very subjective and is whatever you define it to be.

How do you define fitness?
Personally I define fitness as being able to do what I want. Right now what I want is do be able to do a round-off back flip, so that’s fitness to me. Haha!

Photo by Cheryl Tay
Photo by Cheryl Tay

How does keeping fit help you in your music career?
Generally when I’m fitter I feel much more confident of my body and I feel lighter with so much more energy. It definitely helps on stage because you need to exert so much energy.

Would you ever consider plastic surgery?
I have considered. I’ve always wanted to be taller (yes, there is a surgery for that), I always wanted a nicer nose... The list goes on and the sad truth is that you’ll never be fully content. There will always be something to fix. So no, in the end I don’t think I will go for it.

Who’s your fitness inspiration?
Sandra Riley Tang

Why should people make the effort to incorporate exercise into their lives?
Because its really important to be comfortable in your body. Not just in the appearance sense but in being able to move around as you please - being able to run up stairs or even just being able to bend down and tie your shoe without it being an extra effort.

Any fitness advice you have for others?
Find a workout that you like and never try to force yourself to work out just to be fit. It should be something that you enjoy and look forward to!

Photo by Cheryl Tay
Photo by Cheryl Tay