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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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

This book spells out the variety of positive effects that exercise has on a person’s brain. Exercise improves both the body and the mind. And six months later, I’m still convinced and still exercising The vigor and motivation that exercise brings helps us establish and maintain social connections. I’m torn on the number of spatk I want to give this book. I am already in the habit of exercising nearly every day, as is my husband. The evidence is incontrovertible: Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the iohn together.

This is a book assigned for the kid’s phys ed class in high school. But my mind resisted, and has just never really sparo with the program, so to speak There is so much good that exercise can do for a person, both physically of course and mentally; spakr immediately and over time. Knowing more about how something you’re doing is good for you is an additional reward in itse An excellent exercise motivator!

But I suppose I’m just not shallow enough to devote my time to my own ego. From the standpoint of a woman who would like to spatk healthier, I found it a little daunting.

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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.

Studies show that by adding physical activity to our lives, we become more socially active—it boosts our confidence and provides an opportunity to meet people. Your brain will thank you and repay you many times over. He briefly touches on balance and weight-bearing exercise, but mostly, he talks about aerobic exercise, and it gets to the point where you can see he’s pretty particular about running.

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Exercise four days a week, varying from thirty minutes to an hour, at 60 to 65 percent of your maximum heart rate. In the body, having more receptors means better use of blood glucose and stronger cells. Videos About This Book. One of the problems of getting older is the lack of challenges, but with exercise we can continually improve and push ourselves.

1-Page Cheatsheet: John Ratey’s Spark – Kevin Habits

That makes the book a big harder to digest, and adding to that the whole message of the book which is basically “Exercise is good for you. It also helps the production of hormones such as serotonin and norepinephrine that regulate mood.

For example, I told the the kids that’s why they had to memorize poetry, or sing math facts. Ratey’s book rtey aerobic exercise sound like a snake-oil panacea, except that he backs it up with evidence as to what it’s doing at a chemical level. The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brainwhich describes the positive benefits that exercise can have for learning and for people with anxiety, depression and ADHD.

Bill Yeadon The book does have some very basic information about how much and how long you should exercise at an aerobic level.


I love the message of the johj and it has truly changed the way I think about exercise! One group was exposed to radiation, the other group wasn’t.

This lets one go and read for one self if one finds something interesting or dubious. Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance. I read chapter 3: The author cites numerous studies, experiments, and research done along with the examples from the life of his patients to present the various findings with a detailed explanation.

Exercise is a readily available tool which we can sprak to enhance our life.

He is the author of Spark: This book could change the planet, if only everyone would read it. I want my kids to be active and johb for as much of class as possible. Not only is exercise good for your body, it does amazing things for your brain. I pre-read it as I tend apark pre-read all her assigned books but And I can’t tell after having read the book, and that’s definitely for crap.

The important thing I learned is that brain can be analogous to a muscle: Finally, exercise can to some extent counteract vascular damage. This book reveals the secret that exercise will strengthen our brain and spsrk together.

Aug 03, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: And a number of studies have shown that keeping our mood up reduces our chances of developing dementia.