This book does a really good job of giving you the overview of a lot of scientific research without overwhelming you with data. You can make conclusions different from the author because you are given enough information to do so.
Absolutely! I've already recommended it to several members of my family. They love building their minds but struggle at keeping their bodies in shape. The idea of both being links might just be the boost they need!
A high octane boost of energy like Seth Godin or Dave Ramsey mixed with the grounded facts and science of someone like Jim Collins.
I never felt like he was droning. His intonations were spot on for the content.
Build Brains By Building Your Body!
This book has helped me not only get back into fitness, but STAY back in fitness.
I have always believed in the power of exercise but this book taught me the science (most of which was unexpected and incredible) behind what I've personally experienced and gave me a new understanding and motivation to exercise. Everyone would benefit from reading this book.
The information and studies in this book are fascinating and written very well, but be prepared for a lot of scientific terms. The neuroscience was completely new to me and I found it difficult to keep track. I wish there was a pdf reference guide with this book so that I could visually reference some of the terms he's talking about. But these sections were balanced out nicely with more informal, narrative sections.
I learned a lot more about how the brain works than I ever imagined I would. Not being a Dr., I had to listen to several parts more than once in order to get a handle on several of the acronyms used. I was hoping the book may cover more about the new trend of intense interval training type exercise and it's effect on the brain and body, but it refers mostly to moderate heart rate range based training.
I love the style of this book. The author gives solid facts and science instead of just anecdotal evidence to support his ideas about exercise. This book sparked my interest in neuroplasticity and sparked my motivation to exercise more. I think this is one of my favorite books from audible!
Really interesting book on mental health and exercise. Ratey details various scientific, placebo controlled studies that proves various benefits on mental healt. Ratey has chapters on specific areas e.g. exercise and depression, exercise and aging, exercise and adhd etc.
The only downside is that it's a bit long and detailed and scientific but for some that might be a plus of course.
The narrator is one of the best I've listened to.
The main point can be summarized to say that cardio exercise is good for the brain, and can help with mood. It's particularly good at sorting out problems, such as ADD, depression, and PMS. Other than that, it was a lot of anecdotal stories about how exercise dramatically improved some people's lives. It had obviously dramatically improved the author's life, and he felt he needed to share that information with everyone. I'd get the abridged version if you get it at all.
This was a very interesting book. The amount and types of chemicals released by the brain during exercise is pretty amazing. The ability of the body to fix itself is pretty remarkable and it starts with some pretty common sense. Our bodies were meant to move. Or current society is geared around NOT moving. We stay indoors, we sit in front of our computers and T.V. and then wonder why we have so many ailments.
The book does get bogged down at time with technical jargon that gets in the way of the real story. It does help with his credibility, but most of it could have been eliminated.
Overall a worthwhile read.
Yes. Listening to it was time was well spent, however there was much too much info on the brain's anatomy and not enough on the exercise relationship and how that relationship functions.
Yes. The info on the brain, to me, was agonizingly thorough, or seemed so, however the first chapter alone was worth the price of the book.
Dixon did an excellent job of reading.
You bet . . . to get off my butt more!
This was a good value, in spite of my criticism. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the topic. I think we will be seeing much more on the intellect/brain function relationship in the near future.
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
Is a MUST for educators... This knowledge must spread ASAP in order to simply make some changes on the curricula for the good of students and teachers!