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.
This books is sure to give a rush to those who are couch sitters, at least for a short term. the concepts look very much realistic and the explanation is such that motivation to get up from the bed and rush to Gym. Atleast it did for me...and I am sure there may be many more.. An excellent book indeed.
An Aussie audiblian, I joined recently whe I got sick of music and talk back radio. Utterly hooked and trying to re educate myself.
I loved the way this book provided so much fascinating and constructive information on a simple way to to keep our brain in tip top shape.
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depression in any form because it provides down to earth statistically proven methods to manage your condition without medication. It is also a must read for parents because it will make them truly aware of how important kids' physical activity is for healthy brain function and to facilitate learning in school. My only negative was that the information is very scientific at times and goes well beyond the scope of popular reference, and more into the realm of medical professional reference. That being said, I just absorbed what I understood and let the rest go, confidant that a second listening will probably have even more meaning for me.
Great insight on the benefits of exercise on mind and body.
I love the science behind how great exercise is
I like the audio book so much I also bought the ebook also!