By Gabrielle Olya
Updated December 02, 2020 02:20 AM
Credit: James White

At 42 years old, Jillian Michaels is living her best life.

“It’s such an interesting age, after 40,” she tells Health magazine in the November issue, on newsstands now. “You’re better than you’ve ever been because you’re stronger, you’re smarter, you’re more confident and – arguably, because you care more – you’re more fit.”

And she is more self-assured than ever before.

“Anything that involves confidence, self-worth and body image – you just don’t care anymore,” she says.

But the fitness guru and television personality says getting older has also made her more aware of her mortality.

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“You feel like you’re holding up the world, and if you go down, it all goes down,” she says. “I feel like Atlas, and that scares me. I used to ride motorcycles all the time, but now, because of my kids [daughter Lukensia, 6, and son Phoenix, 4] – you know.”

Michaels tries to put her fears aside when it comes to taking risks that ultimately could have positive results.

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“You have to establish an emotional connection to the idea, because to take risks, the goal has to be worth it,” she says. “You have to feel capable of achieving the goal. So you ask yourself: What is the goal? And is it worth it to you to put yourself through the sacrifices and the hardship?”

And she’s learned to not have any expectations for how things will turn out.

“Expectation is the root of misery!” says Michaels. “I walk into everything expecting the worst and prepare to be surprised.”