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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Thinking on Your Feet

Go for a walk right now. Put this book down, walk around, and get your blood flowing. After five or ten minutes, come back and pick up where you left off. Your ability to think, remember, and concentrate will be enhanced as blood returns to your brain. In fact, a number of scientific studies have shown that this kind of exercise has a direct impact on your ability to learn new things.

Few people better understand the link between exercise and learning than John Ratey, MD. His book, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain [Rat08], begins with the story of Naperville Central High School in Illinois. At this school, a revolutionary approach to gym class has transformed the student body of 2,947 into ...

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