Michael Strahan: I Feel Better Now Than I Did at 25
09/13/2014 AT 10:05 AM EDT
"I don't think there is a secret," the former football pro tells PEOPLE. "It's just about taking care of yourself. For me, I work out and I watch what I eat. I do small things that end up being big things."
And it's paying off. The Live with Kelly and Michael co-host, 42, says he "feels better now than I did at 25." But that doesn't mean he isn't tempted by treats.
"I'll be looking at the bagels with cream cheese thinking, 'That would be real good right now,' " he says. "First thing in the morning it's staring you in the face, calling your name."
But for the most part, Strahan sticks to his plan.
"You gotta walk past. I don't have a guilty conscience and I know what I am doing for my body is the best thing for me," he says. "I'm happy."
With his career flying high, the television host and spokesperson for Meta, Metamucil's new line of products, is loving life despite a recent split from fiancée Nicole Murphy.
"If you love what you do, it's not work," he says. "I wake up every morning and I'm excited. I am excited to go to work. I don't wake up and say, 'This is a chore.' I am so privileged to do what I do and that gives me the energy to show up and do the jobs that I have."