Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Fitness for Geeks

“Getting in shape: using agile and other development methodologies” If you know what agile is and want to get in shape, this book is for you!  Unlike other fitness books that focus on just one aspect of getting (or staying in shape) this book is a great broad overview that doesn’t tell you what to do, but empowers you with the information to do it yourself. No wonder, since it’s part of the Maker series affiliated with that great DIY publication and culture. I’ve been on my own weight loss journey and really wish I had this book when I started.  No “program” for losing weight or getting in shape is included but rather various modalities such as diet, exercise and sleep and analyzed.  In each section the reader is empowered with various alternate theories on the subject (when is a good time to eat, what is a good sleep schedule, etc)  and since this is a book for geeks, a whole slew of smartphone apps, websites, and electronic gadgets are included to assist you along the way. Readers looking for a how to guide or a diet program won’t find it in this book.  Just like a manual for programming won’t make you an expert coder, this book provides you all the objects you need to assemble the right set of changes for yourself.  A great example of this was the sections on fasting.  I’ve read mixed theories of a 16/8 or 15/9 fast vs a 24 hour fast,  etc.  After reading the book I felt comfortable experimenting a bit more and playing around with my windows of meal times. Programmers and other tech geeks:  this is the book for you!  You are used to this style of writing and deriving benefits from a set of feature guides and menu options.  It’s up to you to put all that together to make something worthwhile. Think of it as hacking your body and this is about overclocking your aging processor and lack of RAM.