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The quest has only begun

December has been a special month here in the Polar Blog. We started the light-hearted Quest for the Perfect Gift and helped you find a healthy gift for yourself or loved one.

But this is only the beginning.

In a few days it’ll be time to tear open those gift wrappings, take a good hard look in the mirror and ask yourself: What quest am I really on?

Every hero needs a sidekick

We are here to help you on your quest – whether it is losing a few pounds, running your first 5K or finishing first at an IRONMAN.

Like all good sidekicks we offer you advice, support and guidance.

Do you remember that one scene from that one epic movie about the ring? The one in which the hero is too tired to go on but his companion says “I can carry you” and you get something in your eye. Well, our relationship is a little like that. We hope that your quest is a happy one and that we can be the vibration on your wrist that says “It’s time to move” if you’re ever in need of a gentle nudge in the right direction.

Every hero has an origin story

Every quest needs a hero. And every hero has an origin story.

This year we’ve had the honor of sharing some of your origin stories. We’ve laughed, cried and been inspired by your hard work – all worthy of a motivational quote.

“The biggest mistake you can make in setting a goal is picking one that’s not realistic.”
– 11-time IRONMAN champion Lisa Bentley on setting personalized running goals

“When I first started wearing my Polar A360 I realized that I was going to bed way too late and not getting enough sleep to properly recover.”
– IRONMAN champion Sarah Piampiano on recovery after running

Jana Motschnig shared her story over at polar.com/running, our site for all things running

“I love to run fast and didn’t think being pregnant would slow me down. But it has. I run like a snail now … and that’s okay.”
– Jana Motschnig on running and pregnancy

“Sometimes the cookie wins, but that’s okay. Being overly regimented about diet or exercise can set you up for failure.”
– John Hudson on running for weight loss

“Be grateful for the second chance you get. We get one every single morning when we open our eyes.”
– Trainer Nick Ekbatani on second chances

“It took a whole lot of people supporting my dreams to make them possible.”
– Top marathoner Clara Santucci on her date with destiny

“With age and experience, I am becoming a bit wiser and better about listening to my body. The upside of each injury is that I learn more about my body and its imbalances.”
– 2-time IRONMAN champion Pedro Gomes on recovering from running injury

“Traveling and meeting so many diverse people gives me a fresh perspective and a more nuanced understanding of different cultures. It helps expand my awareness and helps me be a better person.”
– Runner Steve Williams on running and travelling the globe

“My children. I want to grow old with them and be with them and help them. I’ll always try to be a good example for them.”
– Polar’s 60 Seconds to Kona competition winner George Kontogiannis on what motivates him

“One thing led to another and here I am today, this fitness-loving health nut who loves all things regarding health and fitness!”
– Blogger Katie Bolden on her fitness journey

“The biggest surprise was that pregnancy was actually the easy part. I was pleasantly surprised how good I felt, even running at threshold.”
– XC skier Kikkan Randall on training and pregnancy

“Having a family and a full-time job doesn’t mean you can’t be really good at running. You just have to adapt your strategy.”
– Stroller runner Calum Neff on running and family

2016 has been a ride to remember. If you feel like you could use some guidance and support on your upcoming journey, subscribe to the Polar Blog below. You’ll get the weekly digest of our top stories designed to help you on your quest.

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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