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David Rich, Fitness Model - Hunk du Jour

I know that when it's dark and gloomy out in the winter, I have SUCH a hard time convincing myself to go to the gym -- especially when I've just gotten home from work and it's already dark out! How can I combat the Winter Blues and stay motivated when I just want to hibernate??

Here in Southern California we don't get all that snow but when it gets around 40 degrees I'm freezing my butt off, I could only imagine how hard it would be for most people who live in snowy places.

Few solutions to this problem:

1. Make sure your health club is on your way home from work -- if you stop at home you are not going to want to leave.

2. Make sure your motivational factors are greater then the obstacles you must overcome and constantly remind yourself of those motivational factors. For myself, when I don't feel like training, I just remind myself of my next video or modeling shoot and how I have to be in great shape or people won't take me serious. You may not make workout videos but you do go to the beach, lake, or pool come summer time. Even though the summer may be 5 months away what you do now will determine how you look then. Do you want to be seen with a flabby belly and weak chest?

You can also think of some of the problems or weak points in your life then visualize how being fit will solve them. Maybe you feel lonely during the holidays. Don't you think that have a great body will attract a significant other into you life more easily? Maybe you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Do you realize that exercise reduces stress and is a natural anti-depressant? Theirs a hundred more reasons but that should get you started.

3. Another solution is to not go to the gym during these cold months. Over the last few years home workouts have become more and more popular. That's why in my new DVD training system I've included three very effective and fun home workouts. Just put the DVD in as soon as you get home and I will walk you though the workouts and do my best to keep you motivated.

David Rich is a personal trainer, fitness model, and the creator of The Looking Great Naked Training System. He will be answering your fitness questions here most Thursdays.

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