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
Great book! Has changed my life. I have always been active and enjoyed the way I feel when I exercise. Now I know why and have been telling everyone about this book. I plan to go to the school board and try to get our PE changed. My children have already started a more consistent activity routine and we will all benefit.
Great information about how much exercise influences the health of our brain. Especially hits home with me because my mother has Alzheimers and I'm extra aware of the possibility that I my have the same issues. I've passed Spark to my siblings and hope that they get as much out of it as I did. In fact, I listen while I work out--alternating arobics and weight training. I've never felt better! Loaded the audible book to my husband's MP3 player and he's increased his exercise routine as well. I've lost 25 lbs and he's lost 60! Needless to say, we got a lot out of this book.
This book is very well written and will provide the framework for the fascinating science of exercise. It is both honest and very scientific. I have recommended it to multiple people already!
Great theory and supporting research. It just goes waaaay in-depth with the science and technical terms. Reads like a thesis/research paper. So it depends on if that's your thing or not. I hit fast forward a lot through those sections when the author cites other work.
The book has a nice fact based no to techy or sciency approach...the examples are key and the actionable info in this is huge...not to pushy and a real good start to 'getting me hooked' as the author indicates...much success can't wait for the forthcoming titles, 'Burn: Now that your heart rate is up...', and many more...
Spark is a valuable book with broad implications. Essentially, John Ratley relates exercise to neuroplasticity. The most valuable chapters come at the outset of the book where Ratley relates how two high schools have raised test scores through the use of physical education. He makes a strong case for stressing physical activity rather than sports. In sports the talented benefit and the less so stand around. Even the talented wait to “get the ball” so to speak. Physical activity helps students to understand their bodies while – and this is important – also stimulating the growth of brain cells. If your school district is cutting physical education, just read the first three chapters and discover what innovation is going on out there. The later chapters deal with exercise and stress, brain performance, depression, and other issues. It is not technical, but the discussion of the brain is not to be missed in this context. Walter Dixon's reading is very good.
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Exercise is good for the brain. The idea is important. But the author spends too much time citing studies and no enough creating an exercise program that can be applied.
In case you are like me, and you just basically like to exercise a bit; this book gives the added spark to really go for it! Amazing amount of information delivered. A whole new
perspective on how truly built to move our bodies, and minds are!
Good facts about nutrition and exercise, but very boring to listen to. I started out enjoying this audio book, but then it just couldn't hold my attention.
Makes a really good case for exercise for what ails you, with lots of up to date information. Fun listening worth the time. Is accessible without being condescending. worth listening and keeping
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