25 June 2012 by Dominic Lenton
Like most other professions, engineers of course come in the normal range of sizes and shapes. Yes, some aren't in peak condition, but many take a methodical approach to how they eat and exercise that means they're frighteningly fit.
One such is US software engineer Bruce Perry. Having been forced by injury and family life to slow down a bit and move on from the high-intensity road racing and multisport events of his youth to 'recreational' alpine hiking, skiing and the like, he's distilled the accumulated wisdom into 'Fitness for Geeks'.
The book's published by O'Reilly, for whom Perry has already written a couple of software manuals, and is in a similar style that techies will feel at home with. If you've ever picked up a newsstand fitness magazine based on one of those enticing 'get fit with just ten minutes exercise a day' coverlines, then found what's inside less than convincing, this goes into the science behind the routines and provides plenty of links to as much information as you're ever going to want.
Take it as far as you like too. There's a big difference between keeping an eye on your carbohydrate intake and plugging into a wireless sleep monitor every night to gather data on your REM patterns, but whichever suits you Perry has some useful advice.
To be honest, it works just as well for non-geeks, but the software manual style and tone give it a strong USP that will appeal to Perry's fellow engineers.
In the run up to the London Olympics and Paralympics, we've been trying to find athletes from any competing nation who combine a technology job with sport. If you know of any geeks who are going to be taking part let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Buy 'Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health' by Bruce W Perry (O'Reilly, £26.99, ISBN 978-1449399894) at Amazon.
Bruce Perry talks about his book on YouTube.
Edited: 25 June 2012 at 12:00 PM by Dominic Lenton
Posted By: Dominic Lenton @ 25 June 2012 11:03 AM General
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