Programmers—and anyone else who sits for a living—need to learn how to maintain their own bodies and minds despite the hazards of a modern lifestyle.
In The Healthy Programmer (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $36.00) readers will learn how to change work habits and master exercises that make working at a desk or computer more comfortable, and develop a plan to keep fit, healthy, and sharp for years to come.
Small changes to your habits can improve your health—without getting in the way of your work. The Healthy Programmer gives you a daily plan of action that’s incremental and iterative just like the software development processes you’re used to. Every tip, trick, and best practice is backed up by the advice of doctors, scientists, therapists, nutritionists, and numerous fitness experts.
We’ll review the latest scientific research to understand how being healthy is good for your body and mind. You’ll start by adding a small amount of simple activity to your day—no trips to the gym needed. You’ll learn how to mitigate back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and many other common sources of pain.
You’ll also learn how to refactor your diet to properly fuel your body without gaining weight or feeling hungry. Then, you’ll turn the exercises and activities into a pragmatic workout methodology that doesn’t interfere with the demands of your job and may actually improve your cognitive skills.
You’ll also learn the secrets of prominent figures in the software community who turned their health around by making diet and exercise changes. Throughout, you’ll track your progress with a companion iPhone app.
Finally, you’ll learn how to make your healthy lifestyle pragmatic, attainable, and fun. If you’re going to live well, you should enjoy it.
The Healthy Programmer
Get Fit, Feel Better, and Keep Coding
ISBN: 9781937785314, 254 pages, $36.00US, $38.00CA, 7.5×9.
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