Jillian Michaels is pain-free two years after spinal injury (Exclusive)

Jillian Michaels is pain-free two years after spinal injury (Exclusive)

Jillian Michaels won’t let anything slow her down — not even the spinal injury she suffered in the spring of 2022.

Two years later, the fitness guru is doing better than ever: Michaels, 50, has made a full recovery, she told PEOPLE, and has made some lifestyle adjustments to keep herself feeling happy and healthy.

“I’ve made adjustments to every aspect of my life and this actually improves my overall health. What I mean by that is I don’t sit as much, if possible. I have a little treadmill, like a walking pad. I got it from Amazon and I walk at 1.7 mph While working on my computer. I take my phone calls while walking around either on my treadmill, outside, or on the treadmill. Keeping it real Podcast host.

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Michaels adds that she’s also “meticulous” about the way she picks up things and how she rotates her spine after suffering a fractured L3 vertebra and bulging discs from her fall (she told PEOPLE last year that she was entering the bathroom to get the attention of her wife, Deshana Marie Minuto, when she slipped, compared moment by stepping on a banana peel).

“I don’t do anything that would aggravate or aggravate the injury,” Michaels says, adding that she’s gotten to a place where she’s living without any pain at all. “Everything I do proactively is for core stability. So, I’m really diligent.”

Although Michaels no longer participates in what she calls the “crazy, stupid Instagram stuff I used to do back in the day” (like snowboarding), she admits that while she was trying to get to the bottom of why she was in so much pain after her fall, she almost made… Her condition is worse.

“If you don’t understand the injury, or any type of spinal rotation, (it’s) like, ‘Oh, I’m in so much pain.’ Let me stretch. “I made all these mistakes, and that’s the funny part because I own a sports medicine facility,” says Michaels, who also has her own workout app The Fitness App where she teaches aerobics classes.

“I thought it was just muscle pain. I didn’t personally understand what was going on because I’d never had disc pain before. I was like, ‘I’m just tight.'” “People don’t really understand what injuries are and they’re doing all the wrong things.

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Often, the “wrong ones” can include too many classic yoga poses, such as cat pose, child’s pose or happy baby pose, Michaels says. She equates this concept to jumping rope on a broken ankle: Jumping rope is usually a good thing, but in the case of a specialized injury, the activity actually causes more damage than anything else.

“For me, I’m very careful. How you sleep is important. It’s a change. I’ve changed,” the ex Biggest loser The coach says, thinking about how far she has come since her spinal fracture.

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“You live your life and bad things happen. It could be physical. It could be physical. You could get a divorce. You lose a loved one. You get injured and you adapt and move forward,” she says. “The key is for people to adapt successfully. They need the right information, and I was Very lucky to have the right information.”

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