When I first started this blog, I wanted it to be all about tech. I figured that would be my best contribution to the community. However, as time goes on, everyone can tell that I haven’t always spoken on tech. Sometimes I dive into other areas of our lives, hoping to fill gaps that many just don’t talk about. Today, I can’t think of anything else that’s more important than what I’m about to write about: health.
Yeah, I know we’re sedentary by nature of the job. Yeah, I know it’s difficult to break our current habits. Yeah, I know sitting and eating whatever I want is so much easier. Trust me, for a long time, that’s what I did. However, things need to change if we want to be around long enough to make a difference.
I feel that we as developers are in a prime position to do a lot of good. We have the ability to shape this world into a better place with our skills, and that’s what I hope we do. However, if we’re unhealthy, there’s a much higher chance we’ll kick the bucket far too soon, and so we’ll have less years to make a difference.
Not only that, but I’ve been thinking about my family a lot. For awhile, I was concerned that I’d croak too early because I was being critically injured quite a lot. Now, with a sedentary lifestyle, that’s not really a problem. However, now I have this problem where I’m significantly overweight, and it’s affecting my ability to be a good husband and father. Also, I don’t want to leave them early with the idea that I could’ve stayed with them for many more years if I’d just been more concerned about my health.
Don’t get me wrong however: I’ve been concerned about health for a long time. I used to play football, soccer and baseball. I always enjoyed both swimming and foot races. I enjoyed rock climbing for quite a while, and even went to Red River Gorge in Kentucky for a camping trip where some friends and I ‘roughed it’ and rock climbed the whole week long. These activities are awesome, but I’m really quite scared I’d do something to my back, so I don’t really do most of them anymore. So, in order to get healthy, I have to get clever.
Thankfully, there are people out there who are already clever enough for me. I started listening to the Get Up and Code podcast by John Sonmez and Iris Classon, which is a wealth of good information and interviews to point in the right direction. From that, I found out about NerdFitness.com, an awesome site that brings gaming and nerdy ideas to health and fitness. I’d also been familiar with Fitocracy, which adds an RPG-style to fitness. Also, if you type in ‘geek fitness’ or ‘fitness rpg’ into your favorite search provider, you’ll see a ton of different systems that you can try if you don’t like the ones above.
For me, I’m checking out NerdFitness.com and just doing simple calorie counting. That’s really the most logical system I can think of, after I figured out my BMR (how many calories my body uses all by itself without any input from me). Pretty much, if I don’t work out at all, but eat less calories than what my BMR uses, then I’ll lose weight naturally. I also plan to do some actual exercise, but I often have many other things going on, so I don’t have the time to work out all the time. Therefore, I don’t want to rely on only that for my weight loss.
So far, with apps like Livescape, it’s pretty easy to track calories. Plus, it keeps track of the total caloric intake and gives a percentage of how much that intake is compared to how much you should take in to lose weight, so I don’t really have to do any math.
Well, I’ll save some more of this (plus an update) for a later post, as this one’s pretty abnormally long for me.
Thanks for reading!