Health and Fitness for Developers

You’re a master of iOS, but are you a master of your well-being and health? Learn why and how to care for yourself — from a developer’s perspective. By Felipe Laso-Marsetti.

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Don’t Fear Food

Eat, and enjoy what you eat. One of the biggest mistakes I made when I fell ill was cutting out all foods that were outside the bounds of my diet. I stopped eating a plethora of foods that I’d always enjoyed without worry, as I now considered them too risky for maintaining my energy levels, digestion and mood, when in reality it was affecting me more to NOT eat them. There is truth to the notion that we always want what we can’t have!

Eating is one of the most amazing pleasures in life, and it’s not necessary to give up all the foods you love to be healthy. Moderation is key — for example, instead of starting each day with a creamy latte, opt for drip coffee with a bit of cream most days then splurge on a small latte once a week or so. Little changes like this add up quickly!

There are tons of resources and recipes online to help get you started. Services such as Blue Apron or Plated can help you eat healthier and enjoy more varied food without requiring hours and hours of food preparation and dreadful trips to the grocery store.

Here are a few great resources to get you started:

Where to Go From Here?

If I’d eaten better and been more conscious of my health, I may have avoided my woes, or at least reduced their impact. Skipping breakfast, barely drinking fluids throughout the day, not eating fruits or vegetables, and preferring processed foods to whole foods may have caused a compromised immune system.

Don’t wait to learn things the hard way, like I did. Take small steps today to improve your current health and maintain it in the future.

A flu or headache will go away eventually; osteoporosis, diabetes, and others will be with you forever. Don’t take your health for granted and be proactive about taking care of yourself.

Simple lifestyle tweaks can go a long way toward changing your health and fitness for the long term! If you make the changes fit your lifestyle and your schedule as opposed to to other way around, you’ll be better positioned for long-term success.

Start small and go from there, focus on what matters most to you, and remember that a happier you is a better you. And a better you means a better developer that produces better-quality code!

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