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7. The Other World: A.K.A. Outside > The Sun Is Our Friend

The Sun Is Our Friend

To keep a theme going from Chapter 1, we have built-in software code that expects us to be companionable with the sun. We were not designed to sit in a dark room all day and night, typing code. This has become the norm in some software outfits, but once you discover the negative fitness implications of being a shut-in, you might look askance at this sunless office existence.

Simply being in the sun, or at least outside, first thing in the morning, then at least sporadically throughout the day for an indoor worker and for a long time during the weekend, is healthy.

The problem is, we’ve been inculcated with advice and dogma that the sun is our enemy. It causes skin cancer; therefore, we should always cover ourselves with clothes and sunblock. A very good doctor in every other way once told me to apply sunblock whenever I was out in the sun for more than 10 minutes, even in New England during the winter.


  

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