Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.
In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think.
©2008 John J. Ratey; (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp
A little left-leaning and very curious
I LOVED this book. I loved the broad scope of it and found the subject matter very interesting. Turns out, what's good for the body is also good for the brain. I hope these ideas spread far and wide throughout our education systems and invade our workplaces. Dr. Ratey, thanks for sharing!
Spark is interested reading, which i would advice to all - parents, teachers, managers... It explains the meaning of recreation on human brain through different phases of life. Due to life, which doesn't forces active life, it has to be choice on purpose for running 10 miles 3 times a week... but...I admit, a lot of dna, bna and serotonin through the book - which is sont so interested for non-neurologist...it could be much shorter version :)
But still - you must know the message of the book... Be active to live the life and to have positive impact on brain..
The message and the story are indeed very interesting, but half the book would have been more than enough to make a good point. It really gets too repetitive sometimes...
Yes, I would absolutely listen to Spark again. I wish to absorb each nugget of information it provides and a call to action.
Take The Stairs, by Rory Vaden, because it offers the problem/situation and provides possibilities/opportunities of attracting it.
The information backed up with research and data.
Learning the positive effects to the brain from exercise. It's so necessary!
Very easy to listen to.
Yes & no - there's just so much data that I wanted to make sure I gave it time to sink in.
I will definitely be re-listening to this one!
Reiterates advantages of Aerobic exercise. From psychological to physical health, this book will motivate you to be more active and get off the couch. Great research data.
This book spells out the variety of positive effects that exercise has on a person's brain. Ratey explains how the human brain has evolved to benefit in many ways from physical activity, including mood regulation, anxiety moderation, higher ability to learn, even staving off mental deterioration. He then details how exercise has benefitted particular subgroups, such as those with ADHD or depression, pregnant women, and the elderly. Despite discussing some unfamiliar neurochemical names, the narrative remains very accessible to the layperson. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants or needs a motivational boost to start an exercise/fitness program.
I listened to this while I ran, and boy, did it motivate me to keep going! I'm so converted, I left a copy for my parents and plan to pass it on to the school principal, too. Read this book to find out how real and how important the mind/body connection really is.
Really enjoyed listening to this and the benefits of exercise. I always use the notion that exercise increased the oxygen to the brain as a motivator to make time for it. It was really interesting to hear all the other positive things that exercise does for the brain. Really great for anyone that needs additional motivation to make time to exercise.
on a quest to read Audible's entire nonfiction science section...
In short, this book provides a wealth of evidence that exercise improves mental health as well as physical health. Those with depression, ADHD, epilepsy, arthritis and countless other maladies show remarkable improvement when they start exercising. Clearly, many of the ails of American citizens and the greater society are the result of our sedentary lifestyles. No surprise there but you will be overwhelmed by the mountains of scientific evidence to this effect.
Unfortunately, at least in audiobook format, the writing is not compelling enough to keep me from constantly getting distracted. I adore good science writing but this is one I barely made it through. It's unfortunate because the science here could be presented in a way that inspires folks to get off their duffs and do something active--anything!
I found "Born to Run," which is less scientifically oriented, far more effective in this regard so give a look at that title.
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