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. Spark by John J Ratey, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Best selling author, John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of of ” Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” Dr. Ratey.

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I find it compelling. The evidence is incontrovertible: Exercise combats the corrosive effects of too much cortisol, a product of chronic stress that can bring on depression and dementia.

Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Comes out to about words, which is spar to 3 pages, but oh well: Exercise seems to be more than just not harmful, though. Everybody knows that exercise creates a fit body, but what many forget is that the brain sprak part of the body too.

Third, he comes off as a zealot, and he has the unfortunate blinders of a zealot: Knowing more about how something you’re doing is good for you is an additional reward in itse An excellent exercise motivator! I listen to noisy birds and croaky frogs. The authors begin with a very promising anecdote about a school in Naperville.

The author attempts to explain for the layman, but ends up using masses of neurological jargon and acronyms, about the role exercise plays in sharpening our mental processes. Sparj first chapter is the most engaging, where he shows how a few rogue school systems boosted test scores and lowered behavioral issues by introducing morning exercise programs.

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Through a combination of interviews, frontline work as a clinic researcher, and extensive analysis of the latest scientific literature, it concludes that frequent, moderate-to-high intensity cardio permanently improves not only physical health, but mental and psychological health too. Exercise is a readily available tool which we can utilize to enhance our life. The sparl cites numerous studies, experiments, and research done along with the jjohn from the life of his patients to present the various findings with a detailed explanation.

May 11, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: In one chapter he refers to a study done by the U.


My advice here is to rarey challenging your mind. Boiling it down to the basics: He “proves” his theories with all the scientific stuff, but I’d honestly rather just take his word for it than have him try to explain it. This might be genius.

Regular exercise helps you: Studies show that spadk adding physical activity to our lives, we become more socially active—it boosts our confidence and provides an opportunity to meet people. More exercise will help you a lot.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey

Nicotine is an oddball among addictive substances as it works as a stimulant and a relaxant at the same time. I couldn’t find any reference to this web page in the book when I was initially looking for it. The positive consequences mentioned in the book are all really visible to anyone after a few weeks or months of training.

I have a very athletic husband, who is the epitome of healthy living, as an example in front of me every day; I’ve read tons of articles about the benefits of exercise, and have known for practically my whole life the importance of getting my body moving.

Ratey takes a fascinating look at the relationship between exercise and brain function. The good news, a little exercise will help you more than you think. The explanation of the stress response really brought together and cleared up a few other things I had read about how stress affects your body.

What is even more unbelievable is that the researchers have actually decided to share what they are discovering in a way anyone can understand instead of the typical closed circle of academia. I have a very athletic husband, who is the epitome of healthy living, as an example in front of me every day; I’ve read tons of articles about the benefits of exercise, and have known for practically If you’re the kind of person who needs to be intellectually convinced by mountains of research to confirm something you already know – as I am – and you’re trying desperately to start a regular exercise habit – as I am – you need to run and get this book, like, yesterday.


You’ll be eager and excited to seriously insert exercise in your daily routine after reading this. Regular schmoes will have to make do with gardening or walking the dog or an occasional game of tennis. It strengthens the cardiovascular system.

Despite discussing some unfamiliar neurochemical names, the narrative remains very accessible to the layperson. This book has chapters about Exercise slark the single most powerful tool available to optimize brain function. View all 9 comments. Best of all, the receptors stay there, which means the newfound efficiency gets built in.

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Fatey thing is that I am already quite sporty and I understand the importance of getting to the gym at least 3 times a week yes, that often. They require constant self-monitoring and the motivation to improve. In the body, having more receptors means better use of blood glucose and stronger cells. Jlhn problem is that I tend to relegate exercise into the category of “fun” instead of “necessity”. I would have had to read it several times to remember what chemical does what. I don’t regret reading it.

I have two kids diagnosed with ADHD. Ratey emphasizes that exercising is not for your body but for your mind. Basically the author says exercising literally grows brain cells.

And in these chapters Ratey provides tons of research that explains, in maddeningly boring detail, what exactly exercise does to alleviate issue X. In smokers, just five minutes of intense exercise can be beneficial.

I went into it with a view to get to know more about the effects of exercise on the brain but learned a lot of important things about the working of the brain. Even though I’ve read more than one book on neurology, some of the biochemistry in this went over my head.

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