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
The premise is great and the author really understands the subject but for me it gets way to technical and somewhat repetitive.
Only to people that like to get down to the most minute details.
This book lays out the connection between physical activity and brain development very well. Having acquired a brain injury (the entire reason for opening an Audible account as reading has become a daunting task) I found the material very encouraging. But the book isn't about brain injuries or deficiencies beyond those we impose upon ourselves.
Anyone can benefit from the information in this book if you want to improve brain health and learning ability.
Stumbled upon audio books a little while ago and I enjoy them now. I mostly listen to books related to science, Buddhism, and some fantasy.
I enjoyed listening to this book. First, the narrator was a good choice. Second, the material presented was well researched and presented. The author & narrator manage to keep your interest even while laying out the groundwork on which they build from. The first few hours from many books of this type are a struggle to listen to, not this one.
The book is part instructive, and part inspirational which creates a good combination to actually MAKE you want go out and workout to see the benefits for yourself!
One of my best audiobook purchases.
This book is fascinating, and so inspiring!
Some of the later chapters begin to feel a little niche-market, but a great read. It will definitely make you want to take up running!
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!!!!!
Good information on the role of exercise in improving many aspects of one's life. I found myself really motivated to exercise consistently.
I loved the research that was presented. Scientific facts are what we needed to force us to exercise...even before the book was done we bought 2 heart monitors and commited to exercise 3 days/ week..
We never have time to read, especally together. But we listen to books all the time. I would never have gotten my husband to read this, and if i read it to him he would have thought i was nagging. Coming from the author, though, and listening to it while working in the garage, my husband was inspired!
This book was a game changer for us. We are now commited to exercise, for all the reasons his well documented research describes.
Hi I'm too busy listening to my books just now to add anything about myself. Sorry!
Yes and have listen to it again & again.
Because I am learning more about how exercise helps to keep my brain alert & able to learn & remember things.
No characters as this is a non-fiction book.
There were many such moments mainly 'aha' moments when I learned new things.
If you have children who are struggling with their school work then I suggest you take them for a long walk before school and is possible get them to have a run or skipping. This will increase the bloodflow to their brain and help them be ready to learn.
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..
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