Spark: The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The Brain by John J. RateySpark: The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The Brain by John J. Ratey

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The Brain

byJohn J. Ratey, John J Ratey MDAs told byEric Hagerman

Hardcover | January 10, 2008

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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
John Ratey, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, including Driven to Distraction and A User's Guide to the Brain. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a private practice. Eric Hagerman is a former editor of Popular Science ...
Title:Spark: The Revolutionary New Science Of Exercise And The BrainFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.25 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.5 × 6.25 × 1 inPublished:January 10, 2008Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316113506

ISBN - 13:9780316113502


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly engaging and readable Dr. Ratey, a psychiatrist in the U.S., have written a powerful book outlining why exercise is crucial for well-being. The unique point of this book however is not what exercise does for our hearts, lungs and muscles, but instead focuses on what it does for our brains. Chapters include the effects of exercise on kids in school, the use of exercise to treat depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and aggression as well as the benefits to improving memory and concentration. It starts with an example from a school district in the U.S. that utilizes a daily fitness-based physical education program and has seen dramatic improvements in academic test scores, student obesity and student aggression. The author then goes on to outline patients from his own practice that have used physical activity for treatment of a wide variety of mental disorders. The science is thorough and explained in a way that is very accessible to the lay reader. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sparkling News If you have had any doubts about the necessity and benefits of physical activity you'll have the urge to get moving by the time you finish this book. The trick is to make the exercise routine a habit. 'Exercise' a day will not just keep the doctor away but will also sharpen your memory. Good workout can serve as a natural remedy for deptession, anxiety, hormonal changes and as an antidote against addiction. Aerobic exercise will make both your body and brain fit for life.
Date published: 2008-06-08

Editorial Reviews

"SPARK is just what we need-a thoughtful, interesting, scientific treatise on the powerful and positive impact of exercise on the brain. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker."-Ken Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness