Fitness for Geeks

This book aims to get us out from behind a computer screen, and get moving in the way we were originally designed to do so. The author addresses  the all too common modern geek lifestyle of living on coffee, junk food from the office snack bar, and processed take-out food; all while we’re behind computer monitors and televisions from early in the morning until late at night.

There are chapters on nutrition, fitness, sleeping, health monitoring, and spending time outside. The author actually analyzes the sciences behind some rather crazy fitness practices, such as: cold-water swimming, eating a high-fat diet, and fasting. For those people who are into gadgets and stats-tracking, he also provides a detailed list of resources that can help you record your progress (such as websites, smartphone apps, and fancy pedometers).

He also packs a dizzying amount of nutritional information into this compact book. (I majored in dietetics for three years in college, and this book contains more nutritional information than 3 years of undergraduate work.) He discusses popular nutritional trends, such as the Paleo diet, raw foods, and community gardens.

For geeks who are into fitness, or want to get into fitness, this book is a great resource. I think some of the ultra-techy parts of it would be best suited toward programmer-types. But even if you’re not a programmer obsessed with stats, there is so much information in this book that you could skip over half of it and still get tons of real-world practical applications: such as how make good food choices from office vending machines, and how to exercise while traveling.

Title: Fitness for Geeks
Author: Bruce Perry
Publisher: O’Reilly Media

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Print: April 2012
Ebook: April 2012
Pages: 336
Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-9989-4| ISBN 10:1-4493-9989-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-9988-7| ISBN 10:1-4493-9988-6

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