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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain | [John J. Ratey]

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

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

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    dancejones 06-19-10
    dancejones 06-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic!"

    Dr. Ratey provides great information about exercise's effect on the mind/body connection. If you're going to listen to only one book this year, make it this one.

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    Jutta Hagner MD 12-07-09
    Jutta Hagner MD 12-07-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Tedious"

    Exercise is good for your health is the message. This message is delivered over and over and over ...again.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Huntersville, NC, USA 12-19-08
    Mike Huntersville, NC, USA 12-19-08
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    Boring, boring, boring! You don't need to listen past the first chapter. The rest is very boringly narrated in a monotone manner. Also, this is "Part 1"? Surprise, surprise! Don't waste your money or your time.

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    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-08-13
    Elizabeth Bellevue, WA, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2007

    A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!

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    "Horrible"

    Let me save you time and money: if you exercise, your brain will benefit. That's it. That's all you need to know and you don't need to listen to the horrible narrator drone on with the poorly written book. I want my money and time back, and I rarely feel that way.

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    Megan 01-30-12
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    Really nothing substantial said in the entire book. I was waiting for some interesting facts or reliable studies but honesty, it's just the title, stated over and over again.

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    Peter San Diego, CA, United States 01-18-12
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    "Awful"

    Unless you spent the last 20 years under a rock, have never got up off the couch, or think exercise is just for Olympic atheletes this information is maddenly reundant, simplistic and of little practical application. I'm amazed at the positive reviews of this audio book

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