topic: Health and Fitness by Milos Protic relates to: Advice on April, 26 2019
First Steps Each Developer Should Take in Order to Get Fit
Hi people. It's time to get fit. It's time to start working out. In this article, I will try to provide a guide and list a couple of early steps each developer should do in order to change the lifestyle.
We as developers need to work out consistently in order to reduce the health issues possibilities, but this is a topic for another article.
TLDR: I'm proud to say that I've completed all of these steps and I do workout 4 times a week. I've changed my routine and switched from 6 to 4 times a week. Depending on the muscle groups you are working on per workout the count of it will vary.
Step 1 - Get Up Off of That Chair
Sitting is the new smoking they say. Well, I believe it's true. We, as developers, probably spend up to 75% of our working day in the seated position, hunched over our desk developing apps and writing code, and the other 25% we spend eating lunch, usually an unhealthy one :)
And then, when we come home, we read some of the articles on dev.to or other stuff we find interesting, again in the seated position. Ok, sometimes we ley down with a laptop on our knees, but you get the point.
Not so great for our body.
The easiest way to change this, and to do some body movements, is to walk to the office, if possible, of course. This way you will walk in the morning to get there, and you will walk after work on your way back home. This will provide a one hour walk for sure, if not more.
They say that 20 minutes of walking reduces the consequences of an eight-hour shift of sitting. Think about it.
Another funny but effective approach is to drink a lot of water. You are wondering how this will force you to get up? Read on.
In the morning, when you arrive at the office, go and fill a medium size glass of water and put it on your desk. In the next hour or so, together with coffee or whatever is that you drink in the morning, you should drink that water.
At that point you will probably be needing to go to the toilet, right? You will go but take the empty glass with you and fill it with water again, and voila, we have an endless loop of walking :)
Step 2 - Stop Drinking Carbonated Soft Drinks
The Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and other stuff is filling you with sugar and making you fat. This, combined with the seated lifestyle is a recipe to disaster.
If you are a junior developer you are nice and slim and you might think it's a good idea to do it, but trust me, a couple of years from now you will not be so sure.
The best we could do here is to fully replace these drinks with water. But this is hard, I know. At least, we could reduce the amount of the stuff we are drinking each day.
If you are buying them for yourself, try to buy a smaller bottle for starters. Define a time period and hold on it. During that period drink that smaller portion, the smaller bottle. Eventually, your body will no longer need the increased portion of the drink. Next, you decrease the bottle size again, and at the end, you can eliminate it entirely.
If it's available at your office, like in my case, then you are stuck with your will power. You willingly must not take it.
It will be hard at the beginning, but you will be thankful to yourself later.
Step 3 - Stop Eating The Pizza
I bet we all love pizza, but in order to get fit, we should find an appropriate healthy replacement.
I don't know what the replacement is, so moving on...:)
For starters, just try to limit yourself and eat it once a week.
Step 4 - Stop Eating So Many Snacks
Ah, the good old snacks and potato chips. These usually go well with the carbonated drinks. Together, they are like a time bomb full of salt and sugar ready to explode and extend our love handles.
We need to find a compromise. For example, do you like chocolate with hazelnuts? If you do, you are halfway there. Do the part where you remove the chocolate from the picture and eat hazelnuts only. Go to the store and buy around 50 g of hazelnuts and that should be more than enough to replace the chocolate snack.
If you can't do it, and it's too hard not to eat chocolate, you should try to eat dark chocolate instead. It's healthier and it has less sugar. After a while, it will be tastier than regular milk chocolate. At least it is in my case, especially if you mix it with some cranberry, blueberry or orange.
Step 5 - Do Not Eat Late at Night
You should define a time, for example, 10 PM, and don't eat anything afterward. Try to follow an eating regime in a way when you will go to bed 2 hours after your last meal.
Take a look at what you had been eating each day before and ensure a healthier replacement, or for starters, eat less.
Make sure that you go to bed 2 hours after the last meal, otherwise you will feel hungry again. We don't want that, we don't want facing hunger at 12 PM.
Step 6 - Hit The Gym
Now it is the time to strengthen the previous steps by actually doing the workouts at the local gym. This step is quite futile if we do not have an eating regime.
You cannot do the workout and go eat a Big Mac and 2l of Coke afterward. It just doesn't go that way. That is a waste of time and money.
And another thing.
Don't kill yourself in the first couple of weeks, but don't get discouraged either. After a while, you will feel more confident and stronger. At that point, you can increase the intensity of the workout. It's important never to lower the intensity and not to go in reverse.
That should be all. I believe that if you follow these steps results will be inevitable. They say repetition is the mother of knowledge. So, repeat these steps each week and you will not be disappointed.
Thank you for reading and see you in another post.
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