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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

byJohn J. RateyAs told byEric Hagerman

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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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 Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local 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.
John Ratey, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, includingDriven to DistractionandA User's Guide to the Brain. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a private practice. Eric Hagerman is a former editor ofPopular ScienceandOu...
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Title:Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the BrainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316113514

ISBN - 13:9780316113519

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I couldn't put this book down. There is always something going on that keeps you reading
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from yes PLEASE READ THIS BOOK - IT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOU.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excuse to exercise / Motivates you to find a physical activity you love Want an excuse to stay in shape through, mostly exercise? Well this book goes in depth about the cons of a sedentary life and the pros, that many of us are missing out, on enjoying physical activity. I recommend this book to someone who has a mental health disorder or someone who loves learn about human anatomy and physiology (specifically brain chemistry). This book opens one's eye into all sorts of things like: why doctor don't always know what best for you, and some simple mental disorders can be ameliorated through changes in life style, and shows you how stressing your body occasionally, can be a good thing. For someone who already exercised on a regular basis before reading this book, gave me even more motivation to keep running and let myself remind me why I exercise. To end this I will say the only cons I've found in reading this book is that its really short for someone who wants to get more in depth in the body, can sometimes be repetitive with repeating some facts over again, can be very biased towards the benefits of exercise and not show how other life choices can influence brain chemistry and happiness. Overall though, this is a 10/10 must read.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PLEASE PLEASE READ THIS BOOK EVERYONE MUST SEE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LINK BETWEEN THE BRAIN AND EXERCISE - PLEASE READ THIS BOOK - IT WILL FOREVER CHANGE YOU.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Deep insight into the benefits of exercising John Ratey has written a fantastic book on the benefits of and science behind exercising. It tackles the major personal issues we all go through including stress, anxiety and depression; their link to chronic diseases, and the science and the benefits of exercise in alleviating these issues. The story of Dr. Robert Pyles who was diagnosed with cancer and beat it through running is a very compelling story. Keep your highlighter handy!! This book is not a one time read and put away. I find myself going back to it time and again so it serves as a great reference for me.
Date published: 2014-09-22

Editorial Reviews

"Ratey has culled the latest science and found that a regular workout can help build a better, faster brain."-USA Today