Great book, if you wish to know more about the scientific impact of exercises it's a great listening. Gives good examples and shows it's importance.
By clarifying how exercise affects the brain, this book has made me look at exercising in a different and far more motivated way.
Would especially recommend to anybody who has children or is engaged in education.
What I appreciated about this book was how Dr. John Ratey covered numerous areas on how exercise benefits the brain and paired the ideas with studies I had not been aware of. I did not know about the school district in Illinois that said yes to an exercise program that had such great results, their students were performing top in the world in academics. He covers exercise benefits in areas of aging, ADHD, depression, anxiety, pregnancy and post-pardum depression. My exercise now is more focused on the many benefits and since listening to the book, I now do 15 minutes of high intensity aerobics to create for myself energy and focus for my evening work I must get done after my exhausting 8hr job. It works like a charm. Thank you Dr. Ratey. I recommend this book highly to all, especially parents, those 50 and older, women who are pregnant or going through menopause, those who want to lengthen the life of their brain's vitality… so that is just about everybody.
Great job Walter Dixon in your narration. I imagined this info as YOURS. You made a huge difference in the experience of listening.
Must read, amazing!
I would have liked to listen to this all in one day or two but I listened in between commutes and had to deal with distractions. However I still got quite a bit out of it and am getting ready to listen to it for a second time. This book actually inspired me to go buy an Xbox 360 and some dance games too!
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*^...