How to Motivate Yourself to Get Healthy With Fitness Trainer Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews experts, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Jillian Michaels

Jillian is a fitness expert and renowned life coach. Her fitness videos and apps have helped hundreds of millions of people get in shape around the globe.

She is best known for her role as a coach on the TV show, The Biggest Loser, where she helped people lose weight week after week. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author and the host of a popular podcast called, “Keeping It Real.”

Why Jillian Michaels Is Mentally Strong

Jillian talks about her weight loss journey and her experiences developing healthy habits. She uses what she’s learned to inspire others to create healthier habits for themselves. 

She’s outspoken about many health topics. And while her opinions are sometimes criticized by those who don’t agree, she sticks to her mission—helping people get healthy and stay healthy.

What You’ll Hear on the Show

  • The importance of knowing why you want to get healthy
  • The link between knowing your purpose and reaching your goal
  • How Jillian’s approach to helping others has changed since she was a coach on The Biggest Loser
  • Why change often involves two steps forward and one step back
  • The underlying reasons why some people don’t stick to their healthy habits
  • What Jillian says some people are getting wrong about the body positivity movement
  • How to set other people up for success
  • How to get back on track if you’ve struggled with healthy habits during the pandemic
  • How to motivate yourself to get started

What You’ll Learn About Mental Health and Mental Strength

You need a little mental strength to establish good habits—and stick to them. Good habits make it easier to build more mental muscle. And the more muscle you have, the easier it becomes to challenge yourself to get healthier.

There’s also a direct link between mental health and physical health. Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise are just as crucial to your mind as they are to your body.

So, it’s important to start developing healthy habits. Sticking to those habits provides an opportunity to sharpen your skills by practicing self-discipline. 

Quotes From Jillian

Jillian Michaels

What you think dictates the way you behave and then those actions create a reality, so that's why history repeats itself.

— Jillian Michaels
  • Having [a] purpose is going to help you tolerate the work and the sacrifice associated with the goal.
  • Work without purpose just feels so much more punishing.
  • You meet people where they're at and you literally give them a crawl, walk, jog, run scenario. Put everything within that learning zone where it's just within reach. It's a stretch, but it doesn't feel impossible.
  • Eating less and moving more works. It's called science. Why do people have a hard time sticking with it? That's called psychology.
  • You have to set people up for success because if they go from the crawl to a jog, they're going to fail.
  • We're strongest in the places we've been broken—unless you don't allow life to break you.

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.