If learning a musical instrument is beneficial to your intelligence, then it’s likely that rock-climbing is too. The science of motor memory and fitness suggest that the link between movement and the brain is more than incidental. It may have evolved as a means to strengthen the tasks we learned in primitive days—like climbing trees, cracking nuts, and building tools. Today we can use it to improve our ability to write code.

Beyond their application to programming, fitness and movement can improve your wellness. Life is more enjoyable when you aren’t struggling through each day, and that’s why the goals and exercises in this chapter are designed to improve each aspect of physical fitness.

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