Here’s something cool about the human body the most people ignore. Your body gets better at everything it does repeatedly.
Simple shit, right? Of course it is. We’ve all experienced this whether it be playing a sport or tying shoestrings.
There’s a problem, though. The body also gets better at being a bum.
What I like best about being a coder is that it kind of requires that I do it all the time if I want to stay sharp. That means I’m always at the computer.
Until recently, I was always at the computer sitting on my ass. After a little back pain and a push from Norcross, I set up my standing desk. So now I’m always at the computer on my feet. That’s better… but it’s still not enough.
Here’s the deal. You can’t sit (or stand) still all day and expect your body to just roll with the punches.
If you’re going to code for some 40% of the day, at least give your health 4% of the day.
Here’s a simple routine you can do:
- Choose 10 body weight exercises that you can do at home (weights are fine if you have them at home) and put them on some kind of checklist at the entry/exit point of your workspace.
- Every time you leave the area, execute one set of the first exercise. Do another set when you return. Mark that sucka off the list.
- Rinse and repeat until you’re done.
If your exercises include simple things like pushups, jumping jacks, situps, and if you’re a badass, burpees, you can easily get a decent amount of movement going every day.
It’s not about bulking up and trying to be a stud. It’s about telling your body to get better at being able to do shit besides sit still and think.
Pippin‘s tagline says “Coding every day keeps the bugs away.”
Let’s add to that. “… and exercising every day keeps you from being a talented lard ass.”