How a world renowned health and fitness expert stays healthy during a stressful week

Courtesy Tracy Anderson

When your client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicole Richie, you know you are doing something right and Tracy Anderson has been doing something right for years. Before Soulcycle, before Barre and even before ClassPass Anderson was getting some of the most famous people on the planet into tip-top shape and also helping them embrace their inner wellness guru. A 20-plus year veteran of the fitness industry, she is the founder of the renowned Tracy Anderson Method, which has several studio locations in the US, as well as London.  She has also expanded her reach to the rest of the world through her popular video streaming programs (the classes are available.in over 50 countries.)

Though she has some very high-profile clients Anderson is relatable and that has been a huge part of her success. A lifelong dancer, she was constantly told she had the wrong body type at her short stature of only five feet tall. But it was in her early 20s after gaining weight during her first pregnancy that she decided to approach weight loss in a different way. She wrote in Women’s Health, “Sure, I wanted to lose my baby weight – but what I really wanted was to be healthy, strong, and balanced in a way I could sustain my whole life.” The idea behind her method was about weight loss but the essence of the workouts is the focus on lengthening and tiring many small muscles (think lots of repetitive movement and using light weights.) Ladders got a chance to speak with Anderson who recently teamed up with MitoQ, a biotech company focused on developing innovative supplements and skincare solutions to improve and support mitochondrial health, about how to stay healthy during those stressful long days at work especially as we approach the holiday season.

People are stuck at desks all day how can they incorporate more movement at the office?

When you prioritize your focused workout time every day and you are thoughtful about what you eat you can reframe feeling “stuck” at your desks. Instead of feeling physically neglected, stiff or anxious at your desk you will feel focused on creating, problem-solving and achieving using your mental skills. People are kidding themselves if they think they can create effective movement for their health during office hours at the office. If your office has a gym you need at least 30 focused minutes to make anything remotely meaningful happen. Getting up and stretching if you need to, taking the stairs or grabbing lunch outside is a good mental and physical recharge but it’s not a workout. If you have an office job your daily workouts are very important.

What are your tips for keeping your mental health in check during the holidays especially with all the stress and temptations to eat badly?

 

During the Holidays you need to focus on connecting with your loved ones. You need to create traditions even with food that feed your emotions. If you take care of your health all year, you don’t need to fear the holidays at all. If you aren’t honestly taking care of your health during the year your mental health takes a beating during the holidays because you have been in denial and now you know you can’t afford to splurge so your truth of the year before kind of comes to a head. You either gain more and put yourself into a potential danger zone or you get your health together and realize that if you show up all year next year you won’t have the mental anguish you will relax and enjoy and not break your health bank.

How can one keep their energy up during the holidays?

 

MitoQ is the only supplement I take and it’s how I keep energy levels up all year round (not just during the holidays!). MitoQ is a special kind of CoQ10 that gets into your mitochondria (the part of the cell responsible for generating energy) hundreds of times more effectively than any other CoQ10 supplement.  This is helpful not only for our bodies during times in our lives that may be busier or more stressful, but also generally as we get older. Our mitochondria start to slow down after the age of 30 — and when they slow down, the “power supply” for our bodies does too. Taking a supplement like MitoQ helps to re-energize our bodies and keep our energy high, from the inside out.

Do you have any great advice for beating the afternoon slump many people experience?

I have one coffee a day in the morning and I exercise in the morning. If you eat healthily, sleep well, and exercise you don’t get into afternoon slumps. If I’m ever having a challenging afternoon I look forward to a glass of red wine in the evening and carry on.

What about a great morning routine tip or productivity hack?

To have a great morning you have to have gotten a great night’s sleep. I make sure I sleep well. I have a coffee in the morning and a workout every day. I also love to wake up my senses and I use Tata Harper’s irritability roller in the mornings to set the intention of having a positive day!