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5.0 out of 5 stars A health guide directed at desk-bound workers, July 10, 2013
This review is from: The Healthy Programmer: Get Fit, Feel Better, and Keep Coding (Pragmatic Programmers) (Paperback)
When I heard about this book I purchased it while still in pre-release form through the publisher's beta release program. I had seen the presentation by the author at various venues regarding the health issues that a desk worker faces and things they can do to improve their overall health. I am a programmer and have really begun to feel the effects of sitting behind a desk all day for so many years.

I like the book. Its style is in the form of many of The Pragmatic Bookshelf titles and is very approachable. It can be read by people who just want to know what to do and also has detail balloons with information to satisfy people who want to know more technical information.

A few items this book addresses that I keyed into first:
-Back strain
-Eye strain
-Wrist pain (a big deal for me)
-How to evaluate and adjust the foods you eat. Being "Agile" with your dietary approach
-low-intensity exercises (with pictures of people doing them). Some you can do in the office, others you could do at home

The author also talks about how exercise and food adjustments can make you more creative and intelligent.

This book fits my approach to health much better than others I have seen because I am a desk worker, and I wanted help with things I can apply within my environment. It really comes down to happiness, and if I get healthier I equate that to having a higher baseline happiness and quality of life.

P.S. I forgot to mention that there is a free companion iPhone app which is very closely matched to the book.
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