Yes, because it is interesting, and provides compelling reasons to exercise on a regular basis that go beyond the usual.
I appreciated that the arguments were backed up with science, but I found that the author went way too far into the neurological specifics, which the average reader cannot come close to comprehending.
How about three syllables: Fa-bu-lous!
The narrator was well-chosen.
A better life.
This book presents science we all can use and in a format that is easily understandable and engaging. Not for a moment was I bored listening to this wonderful useful book!!
I enjoyed the book, and you will too if you like the science behind the basic concept that "Exercise is good for the brain and body".
Honestly, I have integrated a few tweaks to my daily routine based on some on the science, but be prepared for a fair amount of repetition and a decent chunk of industry acronyms that you are unlikely to ever remember, or use again.
I'm not saying that it was a bad book, it just didn't blow me away.
The information contained in Spark is worth the listen for a biology-geek like myself. I love the analogy of "miracle-gro for the brain" - it makes the principles much easier to understand.
I appreciate the author's scientific background and his use of extensive research to support his claims, I just felt like the book may have ran a little longer than necessary - after about 4-5 hours my (theretofore unexercised) brain was full and I was just waiting for the book to be over.
I've listened to Spark about 5 times now over 3 years, and have gotten a motivational kick each time to reboot my exercise habit.
I love how the writer was able to identify concrete connections between exercise and brain activity. I also noticed it during my exercise routine. So it was great to have the ability to apply what I read to what was happening in my life.
Exercise has saved my life, it has changed my life for the better, gave me the confidence, and the extraordinary belief in that everything is possible. This book has helped me talked to many other people about how exercise can help them lead fuller, better lives. Thank you for the continued motivation to exercise daily!
I am totally convinced my doc was correct when he told me I have the ADHD... All the information in this book on how the brain relates to the physical body was complete news to me. Though now that I look back, it makes perfect sense. Cant wait to test some of the theory out myself once I am capable (herniated disc has me sidelined for a while).
Its tough to keep the attention of the reader of a non-fiction book, but there was never a dull moment.
Get off your a*^...
yes, the book is full of useful information and can truly change the world, only if everyone read it..
the research behind the book.
it made me get off the couch and start moving
Great read, very inspiring. Everyone needs to read this. I will be recommending this for all of my friends and family.
I liked everything except the ending. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention but the ending seemed inconclusive. The author provides a compelling case for exercise citing empirical studies and anecdotal evidence. While presenting some neuroscience and chemistry, he keeps the discussion basic and non-coma inducing. The evidence, as provided, makes a compelling case for almost any exercise while not being judgmental or preachy. My only point of contention is the author's near insistence that you need to join a group to be successful at exercise. I would have liked an alternative for us misanthropic curmudgeons.
The recording is well read with appropriate pace and tone.
It had a highly motivating impact on me (to exercise more!)
It's very well written and Walter Dixon does a fantastic job as a narrator.
I liked his approach of looking at the positive impact of exercising from several very different angles.
Walter Dixon is a fantastic narrator!
Great book, I highly recommend it. A wonderful listening. Easy to follow, very interesting content.
All the sitings regarding the links between physical health and mental health are amazing.
For anyone who needs enlightenment on how exercise is paramount to your mental and physical well being; this is the book. Very easy listening. Highly recommended.