Feb 21, 2013

as a programmer, what activity is better to do on my break?

If you're looking for a quick workout, try the 10 Minute Trainer videos. You can do cardio, yoga, upper body, etc. in 10 minute routines. A very good way to give your body some exercise while taking a break from coding.

10 Minute Trainer: Tony Horton's Workout for the Busiest People Fitness DVD Program

"Series of efficient workouts designed to tone body in 10 minutes per day
Stacks your fat-burning cardio, total-body toning, and ab exercises into one routine
Includes easy-to-follow eating plan that helps you lose weight and tone body
Comes with pro-grade resistance bands with Comfort Flex handles
Customized workout calendar, bonus abs routine, and on-the-go workout cards

10-Minute Training Contents:

Total Body DVD: This workout walks you through just 10 moves in 10 minutes, but works your entire body from head to toe.
Lower Body DVD: So long, saddlebags. This workout's 10 effective moves will slim your thighs and lift your buns in less time than it takes to check your e-mail.

Cardio DVD: No complicated dance moves here. These simple kicking, lunging, and punching moves get you in the fat-burning zone fast.
Yoga Flex DVD: This total-body stretch routine delivers long, lean muscles and leaves you feeling energized.
Resistance band kit and cardio belt: Maximize the power of super stacking with Tony Horton's pro-grade resistance bands, which include Comfort Flex handles. Tony's power cardio belt adds even more resistance, so you burn even more fat and calories.
Customized workout calendar: Tony Horton's rotation calendar helps you plan more workouts around your busy schedule. Start with one 10-minute workout and add even more for faster results.
Tony Horton's 10-Minute Meals: Tony shares his tips and recipes for putting together nutritious, tasty, low-calorie meals and snacks in less than 10 minutes.
Rapid results guidebook: An easy-to-follow exercise and diet plan that gives you efficient results.
24/7 online support: Chat live with Tony and get to know an interactive online community that will help you succeed.
Bonus abs routine: Kiss your spare tire or muffin top goodbye with this ab routine. These moves work your lower and upper abs and obliques to uncover that six-pack in no time.
On-the-go workout cards: These handy workout cards fit into your pocket or purse so you can work out anytime, anywhere, even if there's no DVD player available.
10-Day lean jean plan: Tony's eating and exercise plan, tape measure, and tracking journal will supercharge your results and have you shopping for skinny jeans in just 10 days."

Honestly, if you take a break, take a break. Some people can just grind through the day without stopping and clearing their cache so to speak, but not the majority of people I know, and certainly not me. I find if I have a few minutes to drink a Red Bull, chat with a colleague, or even just enjoy a moment outside on a nice day, I am much more productive afterwards. Look at Google, they have some of the brightest people in the world working for them, and they go out of their way to make it an engaging, stimulating environment, because they know it stimulates creativity. Sadly, many companies have not recognized this, and treat employees as if the management read Dickens and modeled their business practices on those of the Victorian era. If you are unfortunate enough to work for one of these Dickensian organizations, you might not have much leeway, but think about what makes you more productive over the course of the day, and try to embrace that. 

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