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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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Now anytime we deviate too far from that active lifestyle and diet we start to experience the detrimental effects. View all 7 comments. Exercise brings the immune system back into equilibrium so it can sop inflammation and combat disease. Best of all, the receptors stay there, which means the newfound efficiency gets built in. Unless, that is, she takes calcium and vitamin D which comes free with ten minutes of morning sun a day and does some form of exercise or strength training to stress the bones.

To some extent the discoveries aren’t surprising, but then it is al Incredible read. The result jon less strain on the vessels in the body and the brain.

And six months later, I’m still convinced and still exercising Looking for beautiful books? I am enormously sympathetic to rateu challenges of writing a scientific book for the lay public. With these two means, man can attain perfection.

But as a young adult, weight training or any sport that involves running or jumping will counteract the natural loss.

This book’s focus is exercise, but the author slips a few comments in about nutrition that caught my eye: Amygdala keeps firing, cortisol overflow. It describes exactly what chemicals are released in your blood when you exercise, and what those chemicals do to other chemicals in your brain, and what the underlying result is. Depression is defined by an absence of moving toward anything, and exercise is the way to divert those negative signals and trick the brain into coming out of hibernation.

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.

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

Between another book Spagk read recently, about outwitting your resistant mind “Mini-Habits”and this book, which goes into fascinating detail about the importance of exercise for absolutely everyone, I think I’m finally starting to be willing to “drink the Koolaid.


As we age, insulin levels drop; and glucose has a harder time getting into the cells to fuel them.

Is this guy legit or a quack? Aug 01, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: More neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, and connectivity shore up the hippocampus against the atrophy associated with depression and anxiety. Exercise is truly a miracle drug, and you can bet the drug companies are working hard to capture some of its benefits in a pill. I would definitely recommend this book if you’re not sure what exercise does because you’ll learn all the ways how it shapes your brain, and the benefits it has to living a happier and more fulfilled life.

This book has been an excellent motivator for me I’m the girl who took a full load of AP classes and music electives in high school so I raety get out of that extra semester of PE!

Modern science has been able to learn much about jkhn the brain works, and has even tracked neurogenesis i. It also helps the production of hormones such as serotonin and norepinephrine that regulate mood.

Third, the increased blood flow during moderate to intense activity reduces hardening of the brain arteries.

John Ratey

Good things are happening already. One school scored in the top 5 in the world in math and science. They use a trick well known to many historians, of providing detailed rateu for their assertions in a Notes section by keying to page and then distinctive phrase, rather than to a footnote.

rayey By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. And so the descriptions of the evidence behind his repeated and bold claims are skimpy, and there is nowhere else to go.

Exercise helps you learn by making your brain grow. Ratey explains how the human brain has evolved to benefit in many ways from physical activity, including mood regulation, anxiety moderation, higher ability to learn, even staving off mental deterioration.

I’m on the primal bandwagon and this book fits right in with that lifestyle and backs it up with science that I don’t understand!


Clapp sees this as significant because it suggests spak infants of exercising mothers are more neurologically developed than their counterparts from sedentary mothers. It is an absolutely first-rate book. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run. This book sparl quite amazing–highly recommended! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. My only disappointment with the book is that it doesn’t say that writing long book reviews is good for the brain.

People who thinks that exercise is an additional work or burden should read Must-Read book. Author of book John J. Want to Read saving…. I Exercise is good for the brain. As a slow and uncoordinated athlete he he I embrace that concept!! While the book can be a little tedious with all of the biochemistry, it is definitely worth taking time to read and I would recommend it for everyone. Calm down As for the trait, the majority of studies show that aerobic exercise significantly alleviates symptoms of any anxiety disorder.

My friend recommended this to me as good solid research for how sparo improves your brain. Therefore, Ratey argues, daily sustained aerobic exercise is a sure cure-all for depression, ADHD, The author attempts to explain for the layman, but ends up using masses of neurological jargon and acronyms, about the role spak plays in sharpening our mental processes.

I could think of at least five family members, myself included, who could benefit from reading this book, and since raatey family has medical conditions that exercise could most certainly help, the information given here is worth reading by rarey who wants to be happier and, most importantly, healthier. Your brain will thank you and repay you many times over. The evidence is incontrovertible: Ratey also co-authored Shadow Syndromes with Catherine Johnson, Psark, in which he describes the phenomenon of milder forms of clinical disorders.

Studies show that by adding physical activity to our lives, we become zpark socially active—it boosts our confidence and provides an opportunity to meet people.