Jillian Michaels is just like us; she hates working out too

Bless this woman. Not only has she provided a never ending stream of motivation over the last decade, but she's used her latest Women's Health magazine cover story to prove she's not an untouchable, unobtainable fitness goddess.

"I actually hate working out," Michaels told the mag. "What I love is that I feel empowered. What I love is that I feel comfortable in my own skin, let alone my own skinny jeans. That's a big deal for me."

It's sage advice. Even on those days you just don't want to drag yourself out of bed early to hit the gym, refocus on how you'll feel afterwards. Whether you're building confidence or just need an endorphin hit first thing in the morning, it's always worth it.

"Fitness is transcendent," she explained. "When you feel strong physically, you feel strong in every other facet of your life."

Michaels' advice didn't stop there, however, as she shared the secret behind her ongoing success. "If you want extreme success, it requires an extreme amount of work," Michaels revealed.

Given the rebirth of her career across TV, podcast and digital, it's easy to see that it's working for her.

Read more from Jillian Michaels over at Women's Health magazine.

Keeping up accountability in 2016

I'm going to be honest and say last time I tried to keep myself accountable, I just didn't do it. But it's a new year, I'm still high on the euphoria of actually achieving 2015's one and only resolution, so it's worth revisiting this one.

The end game is to be accountable. All the time. 

Everyday I'm going to track the three most important factors of my health and wellness journey: sleep, nutrition and exercise. I'm not going overboard and writing a dream journal or anything too crazy. 

Instead I'll use a calendar (this year I'm going to be spurred on by The Walking Dead and their extreme levels of fitness that lets them fight through life or death situations day in, day out) to track my progress.

If I hit all three targets (sleep, nutrition, training) I colour a square in pink. If I hit two out of three, I get a yellow square. If I notch up one - or worse, none - I get a blue square.

It's a simple process that will let me gain an overview of how I'm tracking each month without having to delve too deeply into the nitty gritty.

To help me keep on track and maintaining accountability, I'll post an update at the each month so we can all judge my progress.

Who else wants to give it a go?

Here's one reason to hit the gym on Christmas morning


Khloe Kardashian's transformation from social scenester to bonafide gym rat has been nothing short of spectacular. A serious love of Oreos aside (but really, who can blame her?) she's encouraging her formidable fan base to live healthy and active lives. Her latest photo series, shot by Mike Rosenthal, shows just how well that change is working for her.


These photos are reason enough to stop thinking about your looming Christmas feast for an hour or two and hit the gym first. Repent your Christmas sins before they've even happened. It'll make those second and third servings taste a little bit sweeter.

Andrew Keegan booked for selling kombucha. Wait, what?

Yes, you read that right.

90s teen heartthrob and newfound spiritual leader Andrew Keegan has been booked in LA for selling kombucha. 

Full Circle, the spiritual group founded by Keegan, had its Venice Beach headquarters raided after reports it was selling the drink made from fermented tea during a fundraiser for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Kombucha can contain up to 1% alcohol and while it's legal to sell kombucha in most cities, the 1% alcohol classifies it as beer in California, meaning vendors must obtain a license to sell it.

"We’re a complaint-driven agency," Will Salao from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Department said. "When someone notifies us about what might be an illegal activity, we respond to it... They were cited for a misdemeanour for selling alcohol without a license.”

Speaking with Argonaut Online, Keegan fired back at Salao, "They may be a complaint-driven agency, but we’re an intention-driven organisation and our intentions are pure. Kombucha is something we’d never imagine to be an illegal substance, and it’s frustrating the system has that perspective.

"We’re certainly taking full responsibility for co-creating the event. We try to put our best foot forward. We wanted to raise money for Sea Shepherd as a community; that’s how Full Circle operates."

Regular consumption of kombucha can lead to a number of health benefits including improved joint care, increased gut health and boosting your immune system and energy levels.

What happens when you only eat organic food?

Ever wondered how your body is impacted by eating non-organic food?

The Swedish Environmental Research Institute took a regular family and swapped their regular diet for a purely organic one, and the results are staggering.

The family of five had their urine tested at the start of the study, revealing that each of their bodies contained a number of pesticides. Their urine was taken daily during the study and by the end of the two weeks, the pesticides were almost completely eradicated from each person.

"When you hear this, you think about your children," Anette - the matriarch - said following the experiment.

"There were a whole number of chemicals removed from my kids’ bodies and I don’t want them back."