I've never really managed to stick with an exercise routine until I read this book. As an entrepreneur, my productivity is one of the most important things to me. All the evidence presented in this book essentially turned my "yeah I'd like to exercise" to "exercising is a mandatory part of my life."
Really interesting book. Learned so much about how the brain works, and my motivation to go out and exercise has really increased after finding out about how beneficial it is to mental health. I liked that a lot of the research in the book was quite new. Very eye-opening stuff.
I've recommended this book to anyone that will listen. Ratey has gone on a fact-finding mission about the effects of exercise on mental health and acuity, and what was news to me was the same-day benefits of working out. I just reread (listened to) this book for the third time--it's very motivational when I'm trying to increase my level of fitness.
I am a computer sceince major who is a dev group manager who spends his life infront of a computer and also love to learn things so i did another degree in Psychology. Have 3 kids and no time. This was my regular excuse for being a couch potato. Listened to this book and decided to start running. Been doing it for 4 weeks now. Lets see how long it lasts. Very interesting read and an eye opener in some cases
If this book doesn't make you get up off the couch and get active then there is something wrong with you. I like that the opinion put forth in the book is backed up with case studies and results of numerous scientific studies so it is not just here is what I think so you need to do what I say. I found it very convincing and logical.
This should be a required read for all educators and medical professionals.
There was a bit of really thought provoking info in here... but I felt like it was a little slow and dealt with depression way to much... if you are depressed, old, or a woman with PMS issues you might get a little more out of this book than someone who is none of those things... I enjoyed the science parts of the book and some of the studies discussed.. I wish there had been more of that.
I find about 30% of this book pretty boring (mostly the parts with chemical and brain part names), 30% fascinating (the case studies/stories), and 30% okay. It does a great job of listing out hundreds of reasons why you should exercise for your brain's sake, especially if you have any family or personal history of depression, ADD, Alzheimer's, etc. If I were to pull out the actionable highlights, they'd be:
- Get a heart rate monitor (I bought a Polar ET4 after listening)
- Multiply your weight by 8 and try to burn at least that many calories a week according to your heart monitor to get the best brain effects.
- Shoot for six workouts a week.
- Walking's fine. High intensity's better, but walking gets you a lot of the benefit.
- Take Omega 3 Fish Oil.
It's worth listening to at least once to hear the stories. Tough it out through the science, the suggestions are gold.
Yes. Factual information can be life transformative to someone depressed, anxious, mal nourished, or who struggles with addictive behavior. To someone already in a regular exercise routine it is supportive, informative, and motivational. I think most people could benefit from this information. I wish I knew it when I was younger. It may have saved me from much misery in my life.
His story of kids at a school that included vigorous aerobic exercise in their curriculum. About how they learned better,performed better academically, and had less behavioral issues.
Yes. Clean and well spoke. Good tempo and tone.
The discussion about exercise and depression. I've had a number of personal experiences of dealing with depression when my physical activity decreased. Trying to describe that to friends, relatives, and even doctors was always frustrating. Now I know some of the neuroscience behind what was happening. It justified much of what I've been telling people for years and had to discover the hard way on my own. From this book I have an even clearer perspective on my own condition and how to maintain and improve the quality of my life.
To those who don't like exercise. The author discusses how it is true that some people may be genetically predisposed to not "like" exercise. However, he told story after story of when "those" people tried aerobic exercise it was life transforming for them. Angry people becoming calm, anxious people becoming confident, unfocused people becoming focused. Almost biblical healing kind of stuff. If only so many more of those people knew how they could help themselves how much happier people would be. This idea was one of the more profound this book has to offer.
Yeah, He definiatly new his topcs and was passionate about them
My tax textbook. Seriously that exitcing of a lesson. Totally more a class then a joy read.
SOmething besides the dry facts and how it is important. Not an easy lisener at all
Yeah. Would be a great documentary and would be better a presentation than audio file.
YES and Already have to hundreds of people
The relationship between health and fitness and the dynamics of mental development and brain health . Also psychological benefits of exercise
But this is MUCH more than mere health or exercise book . Much more
He has a very subtle but effective manner to timbre a manner of bringing out salient points without any seeming effort
During a day of activity while working and driving - no focus needed initially
yes in one day for me.
This book is much more than what it seems
I have been searching for others like it for a LONG time and there is sill -at this point -nothing like it
I wish this was a trend .. We cannot get enough of books like this . It has no boring points no bad issues . And yes all schools and corporate offices and hospitals amd retirement homes and colleges need to use this as standard fare for staff and patients..
Please catagaorize anynother books whose content is similar . And Mr Ratey please write a sequel!!!!!