Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson: How to Stay Motivated to Work Out (Even on the Coldest Winter Days)

01/05/2016 at 12:12 PM ET

Tracy Anderson
Raskind & Smallz

As temperatures plummet, getting yourself to the gym – or even getting moving at all – can be a challenge.

If you’re having trouble staying motivated to work out when staying bundled up inside seems like a much more appealing option, take some advice from fitness expert Tracy Anderson – who is responsible for some of the hottest bodies in Hollywood, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez.

Here are Anderson’s best winter workout tips:

The end of swimsuit season does not mean the end of workout season.
Don’t approach your workout from a place of vanity. That’s what makes people end up yo-yoing. They get in that emergency state of, I have to get bikini-ready in two weeks, and there’s no such thing as getting bikini ready in two weeks. Looking balanced and beautiful is a bonus to your workout.

Give yourself little treats to keep yourself motivated to work out.
I like to see people turning to things in the winter when they’re feeling less energetic, like aromatherapy roll-ons. Little things like that can really help pick you up. Do things to help make the experience better, even if it’s buying cute leggings or a cozy jog suit, or cozy boots to wear after the gym.

If you’re lacking energy, add some coffee to your daily routine.
I’m not not a fan of coffee. In the winter, even if you’re not someone who typically drinks coffee, when you’re sluggish it’s okay to up your coffee a little bit. If you are someone who usually drinks coffee, maybe you’re going to have an espresso instead of just a cup of coffee.

Don’t underestimate the power of a good playlist.
If you don’t work out to music, add music to your workout. It’s very energizing.

You don’t have to leave your house to get in a good workout.
If you don’t want to go out to get to the gym, I have a streaming program called TA Real Time. It’s a whole community, and it’s like, we’re all in this together. If you connect with a fitness community that doesn’t require you to go to a location, that can really help you.

Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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