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Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health

O’Reilly Media turns its attention to the internal systems of the computer nerd



Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health

Bruce W. Perry
(O'Reilly Media,
309 pages)

METHODOLOGY: Research and data analysis; think of your body as a laboratory and try various fitness hypotheses until you find one that verifiably works.

REPRESENTATIVE QUOTE: “This isn't a book that prescribes exactly how to eat and exercise. … This book is, however, chock-full of ways that you can tinker with your lifestyle and body and move into a different, healthy direction.”

O'Reilly Media, publisher of Make magazine and dozens of books on coding and other matters digital/technological, turns its attention to the internal systems of the computer nerd. With their signature disregard for design – a mix of clip art, badly reproduced spreadsheets and screengrabs printed on cheap, pulpy paper – Fitness for Geeks breaks down health into just another project to manage, using the same techniques as you might at your job. Bruce Perry's plan encourages users to experiment with techniques until they find a combination that works, tracking results ruthlessly with data analytics. It's a clever approach for those who work long hours at tech jobs, a cohort known for issues with work-life balance; and it's a refreshingly non-squishy take on fitness for the rest of us, appealingly neutral and unusually results-based.

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