re: Health issues you face being a Developer ๐Ÿฅ VIEW POST


One thing that I do and suggest is to frequently take breaks and walk around. I wear a Fitbit and it nudges me every hour to get up and complete 250 steps. That kind of works for me.

I use stairs wherever I can & try to drink plenty of water.

I used to go to a gym every day but that habit got left out. Planning to start working out again.

It's very easy to get sucked in or wired in when you're enjoying coding something but sitting around too much will do a lot of harm in the long run.

Stay healthy.


I use workrave sometimes.

It remembers you to take breaks and also gives you ergonomic advices and exercises.


I used to go to a gym every day but that habit got left out. Planning to start working out again.

All the best for that man from the fellow lifter.


I've been having really hard times lately (for about a month) during which time I just couldn't make it to the gym. Restarting again is hard, even for me who used to work as a group exercise trainer. How I still restarted training was the strategy of baby steps: ie. starting with light and not-so-focused workouts where my only aim was to enjoy what I'm doing (and not necessarily hitting PRs, etc). After 2 or 3 occassions, I might be back on track again. :)


That's awesome, Krisztina. Btw, how long have you been off workouts? I've been out of touch for like a year now. :-(

I agree with the baby steps approach.

I'm also thinking to start light bodyweight exercises at home first, get the hang of it again and then start going to the gym. :-)

It's been for about a (long) month for me. I'd suggest you just restart right at the gym - we may be different, but I can't really workout at home, it is just way too distractive! And I also like the "iron smell". :D You shouldn't be afraid of anyone mocking you (if this is your reason behind restarting at home). Those who do, don't have a clue about safe training. ;) (and otherwise, seriously, none of their business if you are starting out with lighter weights).

No, it's not about people mocking me. The gym is a little away from my home. Need to find the motivation to go there again. ๐Ÿ˜…


Gym was so much easier when I was a traveling consultant. Wake up before going to client site, roll downstairs to the hotel gym, do a quick 20-30 minute light weight-lifting session, return to my room to shower, then head to the client site. If the hotel I was staying at that week happened to have too many other guests doing the same thing, I'd usually switch my schedule to start the workout around 23:30.

Around here, the gyms are mobbed between 0530 and 0930 (and 1330 and 1930). And, while I should be able to work around that on my work-from-home days, the daily office-goers tend to schedule our meetings between 1000 and 1630 (with a lul between 1130 and 1300 in recognition that a lot of people tend to be unavailable due to lunch). Worse, meetings are subject to rescheduling, so getting on a fixed schedule is nearly impossible.

My substitute (when working from home) is, whenever I'm waiting for deployments to run, up the volume on my Chromecast speakers, get up, and do 5-15 minute dance-burns. Try to do it a couple times a day. EDM - especially dubstep and hardstyle, are great for that (and frenchcore is great if you really want to spike your heartbeat!).

I'm still a fatass, though.


Fitbit user, too. Problem is, I've got sensitive skin and, over time, the band starts to rub my skin raw. When not at the office (office has a "no PEDs" policy), I end up switching it between wrists a few times per day. And, while I have the steps-reminder thing enabled, when I'm working from home, it's mostly meaningless. I usually have music on, and by the time ten-before-the-hour rolls around, I've usually registered well better than 250 steps just because of tapping my hand to the music.

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