The Healthy Programmer


As part of expanding the topics I’m reading on O’Reilly Learning I picked my way through (1). I’ve been very fortunate to generally feel healthy; while I don’t have notable unhealthy habits I certainly am very lax about having any healthy ones (or healthful though that sounds more gimmicky). As I’m getting older and have settled into a pandemic-induced but now indefinite state of working from home I certainly want to be vigilant against settling into being overly sedentary which seems to be an odd skill if not tendenency of mine (I don’t have any issue spending exorbidant amounts of time barely budging).

The book largely aligns with some incremental health initiatives I’ve already started for myself and will return to mine some of the exercises that it catalogs. Likely the single biggest takeaway for me was the Pomodoro technique that I’d uncannily started to independently adopt in the month or so prior to reading the book, but the book substantiated, named, and refined the practice (I’d landed on a mix of 50 and 25 minute intervals whereas the info in this book led me to drop the longer variation).

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KUTNER, Joe. The healthy programmer [online]. The Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2013. Available from: https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Healthy_Programmer.html?hl=&id=KiPdmAEACAAJ