Rachel Piskin, co-founder of NYC’s ChaiseFitness, has three great tips to help you love your winter fitness routine. She’s also treating us to a special warm-up sequence to jumpstart our winter workouts. Scroll down for Rachel’s strength and body awareness-building routine.

Tip #1: Embrace the Season
Focus on the wonderful things the winter season brings to your healthy, active lifestyle and suddenly winter may seem too short rather than too long. Savor the Vitamin C boost of clementines and tangelos in January and February. If you ski, skate or snowboard, think about your workout routine as essential to excelling at those activities. Endurance, core strength and flexibility will help you rock the seasonal sports and activities you love.

Tip #2:  Build on Your Successes
Set and meet some smaller goals. When they become great habits, you’ll have momentum and confidence to set and meet new challenges. Resolve to meditate three times a week for 20 minutes. Commit to adding strength training to your routine twice a week. Dedicate yourself to trying something new, like ChaiseFitness’ streaming ReinventYOU workout series. (Available in-room, on-demand to The James New York and The James Chicago guests, or on the ChaiseFitness website).

Tip #3: Adapt to Thrive
Recognize how winter affects your routine and make adjustments to stay on track. If you typically get a lot of exercise from walking around the city and you take cabs all winter, add some indoor aerobic activity with a streaming class or a winter gym membership. If it’s hard for you to get out of bed for your workout on dark winter mornings, consider shifting your workouts to lunchtime or evenings. Respecting the elements can take many forms, from dressing in enough layers for your winter run, to showering or changing at your gym after a sweaty workout to avoid getting chilled, to adding a well-rounded warm-up routine to rev up your body and mind for your workout.

Rachel Piskin’s Strength-Building and Body Awareness Warm-Up
Grab your theraband and perform these toning and strengthening exercises as a series to jumpstart your body and prepare you for more intense workouts. You will focus on building your core strength, improving your posture and balance, and strengthening your body and mind connection. Guests of The James can request a theraband from the hotel concierge.

Second Plié Warm-up
(x20, hold at bottom of the move for 10 seconds)
Second Plie Warm Up

Second Plie Warm Up No. Two

Side Lunge Pulse
(x10, both sides)

Side Lunge Pulse

Second Plié Heel Lift 
(x20, hold at top of the move for 10 seconds)

Second Plié Heel Lift

Second Plié Heel Lift No. Two

Pull the Sword
(x20 per side)

Pull the Sword

Pull The Sword No. Two

Curtsy Bicep Curl  
(x20 per side)

Curtsy Bicep Curl

Curtsy Bicep Curl No. Two

Front Attitude Tap
(x20 per side, hold leg at top of set and pulse 10)

Front Attitude Tap

Front Attitude Tap No. Two

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