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
I might listen again, but one time thorugh gets the point. His hypothesis is convincing and well documented:paly Exercise is a primary factor in a majority of health issues.
The new studies done relating exercise and health in neurology and other bodily entities. I appreciate the corelation between better physical education has trationally practiced with all its tawry play variations from ping pong to horse shoes and the current innovations related to healing exercise which keeps a constant heart rate needed to
The work in the Naperville school district set the stage for the thesis and framed the background for the remainder of the work. If you can help teens develop exercise disciplines compares to who wins and loses the good is on the way long term.
It supported and built on a book by Dr. Paull Sehnert,
Not at this point.
This was my first non-fiction listen. Everyone knows exercise is good for the body, and we always hear about the mind/body connection, but this book goes into detail about how and why exercise can help the brain. It's amazing the range of brain-related issues that can be helped with exercise. It's also amazing how the brain can "self repair" given the proper conditions. While it took me a while to get through this (there was no "I have to see what happens next" as I'd have with fiction), it was still so very interesting. I'm hoping, since I read this around the first of the year and I make that cliche New Years Resolution every year, that maybe I'll stick with it this time. There's so much more to exercise than just getting a nice body, and it becomes so much more important with age.
very simply put:
the book's 8 chapters were mostly out of interest. It started with couple of chapters that are usefull and general about how sports benefits the brain for a normal person, then it moved to stress and that was it. Most of the book after that discusses exercise and sports and their use for treating several disorders like attention, depression, anxiety, etc... It even discusses its impact on women for menapose.
Than lastly it wraps up with some do-it tips and plan. Overall nice book, but you might not be interested to know how to treat disorders.
narration was good
only the first 3 chapoters and the last one
What I hated most was that the chapter marks in the audio book was not proper (Chapter 3 starts in the middle of chapter 3, and so on)
this was in both parts (1 & 2)
This book gave me a plan for preserving my brain functioning as I approach middle age. As one who has seen the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease on elderly relatives, I have been concerned for some time that middle and old age necessarily entails fuzzy thinking, disorientation and forgetfulness. Not so. Using the strategies described in this book, a person can take steps to alleviate or prevent brain deterioration with age.
The book inspires hope.
I found this book very informative, and inspiring. I have a new view on life in general, and I feel that I am in control of both my physical and mental health. I can also alter my moods effectively and change my perception of potentially stressful situations just by exercising! I now have the tools to change my life for the better.
34 year old, married +2 wonderful kids. Like fantasy and self development: moral, humility, listening, relationship, kids education etc
I was amazed on how much there is to write about importance of physical activity and since I read the book I do much more of it. I got lost in many of the professional terms and feel there are too few examples of real stories.
in spite of that the book is highly recommended and will give deep insights that you would not expect to find in book on physical activity.
Yes, because it enlightens you on how FITNESS not athletics is so important for school age children as well as people in every other age group.
It talks about fitness for all ages. It really drove home how fitness helps ADD, ADHD, as well as school systems with violence. It also covers fitness in helping control a host of health and mental health problems later in life.
Every school board member and administrator needs to listen to this book - helping our school systems throughout!
This is one of the most informative books I have listened to. The information I learned has changed my life. I exercise now because it's good for me.
I am listening to it a second time because there was so much great information I want to hear it all again.
This book has some fascinating information, and the author presents a lot of data and a convincing argument that cardio is just as important for your emotional and mental well-being as it is for your body. Read this if you ever suffer from depression or anxiety, OR if you or your child suffers from ADHD or has difficulty learning. I think you'll find it beneficial!
I have been looking for something more to help push me past my psychological barriers to exercise. This was just what I was looking for. The detailed explanations of exactly how exercise helps to promote healthy brain function has gotten me out the door and on the move far more effectively than anything else I had tried. As an educator, I also found it highly interesting and motivating.
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