Why Coding Keeps Me from Exercising

image of how i cant exercise 1I spend almost every single day of my life on my computer coding. I know it seems a bit depressing but for me it’s not, coding is the one thing that makes me happy and keeps me motivated. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the great outdoors, I just prefer to spend my days programming because I always feel like I have something to solve and something to achieve. I hardly ever exercise, I know I should but I don’t find the time, and I always have something more important that needs to be done.

My Body Type

I guess I am pretty lucky because no matter what I eat I always stay skinny; I must have one of those fast metabolisms where I never put on weight. When I was younger I wished that I wasn’t so skinny, and I could build up some muscle. I started lifting bottles full of sand and tinned food I found in the kitchen everyday hoping that it could make a difference. After a couple of months, my arms still looked the same, so I gave up. As I get older though, I do think my metabolism will slow down, and I won’t be able to keep eating what I eat and stay thin without exercise.

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

I do think about it often and know that it is bad. I hardly move my body, but when I wake up in the morning all I can think about is the new and exciting coding projects I have to play with. I spend all day and night on the computer; it’s like an addiction, and I can’t seem to drag myself away. The hours seem to fly past when I’m programming, suddenly it’s the early hours of the morning and I feel like I just sat down. Sometimes I forget to have meals at the right times because I am so caught up in the computer, so finding time to exercise seems impossible.

image of a coder who cant exercise 1“Dexter, You Have to MOVE”

The people close to me are constantly telling me to get out, enjoy being in the fresh air and do at least some form of exercise. When I still lived at home, my mom would only cook healthy meals and would make me run up and down the stairs to get them. My parents would try and get me to go hiking with them on the weekends, but I would always be too busy with finishing off coding projects and trying to improve my skills. A couple of my friends are into soccer and used to try and get me to come and play, they soon gave up asking as they know I won’t come. Now I have my apartment; there are no stairs to run up and down apart from when I go out to get groceries. About once a week I go out to get supplies that will last me for the week. I try to power walk there and back, so I know at least I have done a mini-workout at least a few times a month.


It is always in the back of my mind, and I know it is not doing my body any good constantly sitting on the computer. I have been thinking about getting an exercise bike or something similar for my apartment. Then when I am feeling frustrated with some complicated coding I can let out the stress with some really loud music and a ten or fifteen minute ride.

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