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This book spent 3 hours saying the same thing several different ways and defensively arguing the valid point that excessive promotes a healthy brain. This whole book could have fit in a single chapter.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Crash dieting and the brain compete for control of one’s established weight. Per Doctor John Ratey, your first crash diet will undoubtedly help lose weight. However, when weight is regained, the same diet will not be equally successful.
The brain automatically triggers weight conservation with a second crash diet because it signals body starvation. The third, fourth; etc. crash diet will increasingly be unsuccessful. Ratey’s point is that weight loss success requires cooperation from the brain. Ratey suggests the key to that cooperation is exercise.
The overriding value of Ratey’s book is the conclusion that exercise is a key to mood, memory, and learning. Numerous control experiments support Ratey’s argument. Exercise seems more for the brain than the body. Every day should be an exercise day. Ratey notes that pregnant women that exercise have been found to have healthier babies than those who, in earlier days, were counseled to rest and relax.
Exercise does not have to be a fixed regimen but walking rather than driving to the store, when close to home, is a beginning. Replacing TV time with household chores is part of an exercise regimen. Keep moving. Ratey suggests “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
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.
Okay. Let me sum the book up for you. Exercise helps build stronger, better working brains. There's lots of research to prove this. There. I just saved you a credit. And a few thousand brain cells lost to utter boredom and a rather hard-to-listen-to narration.
Scientific, informative, and enlightening explanation of the effect of exercise on brain chemistry. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, or ADD, this book will help you understand more about your condition and how exercise can help you.
College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Exercise makes you feel better and perform better. Exercise is the best treatment for depression and can replace many meds with harmful side effects. About all that can be said about this is...it's about time!
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.
Fantastic information about how exercise is a key to not only physical fitness, but mental and emotional fitness as well. A must-read for anyone who wants to live longer, healthier and happier.