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Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Healthby Bruce W Perry
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If youre interested in how things work, this guide will help you experiment with one crucial system you usually ignore—your body and its health. Long hours focusing on code or circuits tends to stifle notions of nutrition, but with this educational and highly useful book you can approach fitness through science, whether its investigating your ancestral health or using the latest self-tracking apps and gear.
Tune into components of your health through discussions on food, exercise, sleep, hormesis, and other issues—as well as interviews with various scientists and athletes—and discover healthy ways to tinker with your lifestyle.
This educational and highly useful book shows the hacker and maker communities how to bring science into their health and exercise routine.
There's more to being a geek than most people think when they hear the word, just as there's much more to fitness than the infomercials tell you at 2 a.m. Fitness for Geeks will appeal to a broad audience of scientists, programmers, and anyone with an inquisitive mind who wants to experiment with health the way they tinker with technology. By applying the same technical approach they use to debug software or hack hardware, they will learn both what to do and why it works. Whether they have an established exercise routine and what to dig deeper to realize the physiology behind it, or if they're just looking for a way to get away from the computer to exercise in a way that speaks to them, this book helps readers discover a new method to building and maintaining fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
Just as Jeff Potter brought a new perspective to cooking in O'Reilly's bestselling Cooking for Geeks, Bruce Perry revolutionizes the way any curious person views their fitness in Fitness for Geeks.
About the Author
Bruce W. Perry is an independent software developer and writer, and the author of O'Reilly's Java Servlet & JSP Cookbook and Ajax Hacks. Since 1996, he has developed web applications and databases for various nonprofits, design and marketing firms, as well as publishers. In his spare time, Perry is an active age-group triathlete and has cycled extensively in the Swiss Alps. He lives in the Newburyport, Massachusetts area with his wife and two children.
Table of Contents
; Preface; METs Anyone?; The Food Angle; The Mashed-up Ancient Angle; Annals of Experimentation; The "Measure First" Mantra; How to Use This Book; Acknowledgments; Safari® Enabled; Chapter 1: Fitness and the Human Codebase: Reboot Your Operating System; 1.1 The Cubicle Blues; 1.2 Homing In on a Design Pattern; 1.3 Preinstalled Software; 1.4 Designed to Get Our Butts Kicked; 1.5 The Cranky Anthropologist; 1.6 Hey, the Stone Age Was a Nasty Time; 1.7 The Modern Diet--It's Lame!; 1.8 A Useful Template; 1.9 The Amazin' MET; 1.10 Force Quit--Reboot; 1.11 And Now for Something Completely Different; Chapter 2: Fitness Tools and Apps; 2.1 Quantified Self; 2.2 Sports and Fitness Tracking; 2.3 Personal Metrics; 2.4 Gear
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