HARD WORK is good for health
Work hard, play hard. Hours of coding might seem like torture but it’s actually great for your health. If you’re spending most of the time in front of the computer, why not make something out of it? The more dedicated you are to your work, the better results will come out at the end. Avoid junk food between breakfast and lunch.
THINK HARD about what you eat
Yes, there is a lot of information around saying that eating vegetables is healthy or that eating meat is bad for our bodies or something else. However it all depends on what kind of person you want to be – vegetarian or nah? So far as I can tell, if you consider yourself vegetarian then don’t eat meat and if you consider yourself omnivore then don’t be a vegan. The key to health is not what we put into our bodies but how much of it we need to keep it running smoothly. Both vegetarians and omnivores can eat healthy meals, so long as they manage their portions correctly. If you’re feeling hungry between breakfast and lunch just eat some fruit or nuts (not chips!). Enjoy every meal!
EAT RESPONSIBLY especially at night
You’ve been coding all day, your brain works like hell and you think that the only way to calm this storm is with alcohol? Don’t make me laugh…Boozing makes us fat because we often reach for high-calorie foods such as chips or some ice cream. And don’t forget about the calories in alcohol! Going cold turkey on booze is not recommended, you can still enjoy a pint of beer but remember to do it sensibly. Take care about your body every day
WALKING IS THE BEST MEDICINE
I’m not saying that if you are fat then start walking, I’m saying that if you are healthy then keep it up by walking every day for at least 30 minutes! It’s really good for us and with all this fresh air we also get vitamin D which most people lack because they feel like staying indoors all the time. However spending hours programming inside isn’t good either so try making a regular break when you can go outside and get some sun. Don’t become a hermit!
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
It’s super healthy and it has no calories or any other bad stuff. It keeps you hydrated and if you’re feeling thirsty after some time programming just get up, go to the kitchen and choose between tap water and mineral one, both are good for us. Stay away from soft drinks and fruit juices – they contain too much sugar which creates fat inside our bodies. Keep your eyes on your drink while typing
MAINTAIN A GOOD POSTURE
When we stand for hours in front of a computer our backs usually start hurting because we don’t maintain our posture correctly. Fix that by doing coding exercises such as standing up, rolling my shoulders back and down (to get rid of tension), then stretching out your arms up while you are keeping your back straight. Consider buying a good chair.
DON’T LET THE NEGATIVITY WIN
We often feel stressed or unhappy about some stuff but instead of worrying about it let’s make things better! There is no point in being angry at yourself because you didn’t manage to code something properly, just start over, take it easy and don’t burden yourself with unnecessary thoughts. It’s not worth it – keep doing what makes you happy! Exercise daily whenever possible, Take advantage of your lunch break by running around the office building or climbing stairs. You’ll be surprised how much stress will disappear when you know that during the next hour you won’t have to sit in front of the computer. If you need to get some fresh air then do that!
- Remember to walk (or run) for at least 30 minutes every day
- Don’t eat unhealthy snacks between meals, if you really need something then eat some fruit or nuts. They are good for us and our brain will be thankful. Just don’t wait until your stomach starts growling
- Drink plenty of water – it’s the best thing ever! It has no calories but still manages to keep your body hydrated which is very important
- Keep your posture straight by doing coding exercises such as standing up, rolling my shoulders back and down (to get rid of tension), then stretch out your arms up while you are keeping your back straight
Write a list of things that make you unhappy about yourself and about what’s going on in the IT industry, then try to solve those issues. It’s the best thing ever if you manage to do it! However I’m not saying that you should write about what makes you sad – that won’t help, instead focus on your plans for the next day or week and try getting into that mindset. Are there any programming problems hard for you? Why are they so difficult? What should you do in order to solve them
- Look for other people who like working out, maybe they can be your new friends (that’s how I’ve met my workout buddy) – work out together! That will make things even more fun and motivate both of you to stay in shape
- Having a pet is perfect because they make you go out and walk every day (they also need to be taken care of)
If you feel like your code is crap then take a break, don’t sit there and think about stuff that makes you unhappy. Instead drink some tea/coffee (or water if that’s what you prefer), play with your cat or dog for 20 minutes and forget about your problems. When it’s time to program again – try doing it in another way, maybe it will work better! I usually do this when something doesn’t seem right
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