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Dean Karnazes says, “Comfort, convenience and quick gratification - the Big Three of the middle-class American lifestyle - are not making us happy and we should seek out more suffering. “Dostoyevsky had it right: ‘Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness,’ ” Is that a little extreme or is that observation right on the money? We are for the most part quite comfortable, everything is pretty convenient and we are always looking for quick gratification. Is that why we are the fattest country in the world and now rank 41st in longevity - our life spans having shortened considerably in the last 20 years.

Is that motivation to exercise and eat right? I don’t know. Does it take looking in the mirror every day or a nagging spouse or your doctor’s warnings to get you motivated? I don’t know. I don’t need motivation. I am motivated and always have been. As a runner for 40 years, I am still motivated to run fast times and long distances and I get plenty of positive feedback from my Polar heart rate monitor every time that I work out.

Polar makes getting motivation from positive feedback as simple as putting a Polar FS1 on your wrist and going out the door for your daily walk. In no time, you will determine whether you are walking in an effective heart rate training zone to make your walks worthwhile and in a matter of just a few weeks, you will see that your heart rate is lower on your walk showing you that your heart muscle is getting stronger.

Will losing weight motivate you to keep exercising? Weight loss isn’t rocket science and doesn’t require fad diets or pills. Weight loss is math - if you burn 3,500 calories more a week, eat 3,500 calories less a week or burn more calories and eat less calories in any combination that totals 3,500 calories, you will lose 1 pound. Make it 7,000 calories and you will lose 2 pounds. Put a Polar F4 or Polar F6 or any model of Polar heart rate monitor on your wrist that has the Polar OwnCal feature and you will know your calories burned in every activity that you do. Seeing your calories burned and losing weight would be motivating, wouldn’t it?

If you are satisfied with less than optimal health, poor quality of life and the prospect of a shorter lifespan, then you don’t need motivation to exercise and eat right. Comfort, convenience and quick gratification are all that you need. But if you strive for change in your life and want positive reinforcement that what you are doing is working as motivation, then buy a Polar heart rate monitor. It will be the most cost effective investment that you have ever made to motivate and guide you to optimum fitness and health

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