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Aug 26, 2019 07:21:59

Training Routine for Programmers

by @basilesamel PATRON | 239 words | 330🔥 | 372💌

Basile Samel

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Heavily influenced by the way pianists exercise, I'm doing some research on how to become a better programmer by developing a training regimen.

Exercising is a crucial part of a good work/life balance. Programming time is mainly spent hammering a keyboard: it's a sedentary life with little physical movements.

Bad physical health is synonym with heart disease, thrombosis, and cancer. More specifically, programming is associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (bad wrist posture), vitamin D deficiency (lack of sun exposure), bacterial infections (unkempt keyboards), stress (software development is stressful: crisis management, deadline pressure, computer usage), insomnia (blue light exposure), lower back pain (bad posture), and neck/eye strain (badly adjusted chair and monitor)

Up until now, I never really thought about my health as a software engineer. I work out from time to time because I like the hormonal rush. What if I could align my workout routine with my aspirations as a maker? I'm pretty sure this would finally be a great reason for me to stay consistent with my visits to the gym. 

I'm going to write some notes on how I plan to help prevent the aforementioned health issues and improve my programming skills. From there I'll establish a series of micro-habits I'll follow over the next few months. If you'd like to tag along, maybe we can try to experiment with this regimen together.

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    @basilesamel yes, exercise is a keystone habit that will have a spillover effect and make it easier to develop other smaller habits. (at least based on the book The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg). I recently also started on a system of keystone habits to align with my maker aspirations! Let's experiment tog!

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 26, 2019 20:29:05
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      @jasonleow super interesting! I follow your series with attention.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 27, 2019 04:23:37
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      @basilesamel likewise. Keep us updated on your experiments too

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Aug 27, 2019 20:11:18
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