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The Healthy Programmer by Joe Kutner

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Playing Games with Your Health

Video games get a lot of bad press, but they’ve also inspired a number of people to do great things. Chad Fowler is one of them. “Doom is the reason I am a computer programmer,” he says. “I loved Doom so much that I wanted to learn about programming—to understand how they did it.”

Games are fun, entertaining, and often provide rewards, which makes them ideal motivators. That’s also why they make great tools for getting fit. Chad enjoys gaming so much that he needed to find a way to keep playing even when he was trying to lose weight. For this, he used his talent as a professional hacker.

“I had never done anything with electronics, and I felt that it was a sad skill hole for me,” Chad recalls. “I got an Arduino ...

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