Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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by John J. Ratey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0316113506

ISBN-13: 9780316113502

Pub. Date: 01/10/2008

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

The latest research shows that for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to move. In Spark, John J. Ratey, MD, demonstrates exactly how and why physical activity is crucial to the way you think and feel.

He explains how aerobic exercise prepares your brain to learn, improves mood and attention, lowers stress and anxiety, helps stave off addiction,

Overview

The latest research shows that for your brain to function at its peak, your body needs to move. In Spark, John J. Ratey, MD, demonstrates exactly how and why physical activity is crucial to the way you think and feel.

He explains how aerobic exercise prepares your brain to learn, improves mood and attention, lowers stress and anxiety, helps stave off addiction, controls the sometimes tumultuous effects of hormonal changes, and guards against and even reverses some of the effects of aging on the brain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316113502
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
358,494
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Spark is a luminous and visionary book. John Ratey and Eric Hagerman have done a terrific job of bringing the neuroscience of exercise and the brain to the mainstream in an intelligent, inspiring and practical book. Once I started reading Spark, I couldn't put it down. The writing is smart, effortless and heartfelt. John Ratey is on a crusade to spread the message that exercise can transform people's lives from the inside out--and he presents this case convincingly. His enthusiasm is contagious. Spark will definitely persuade and motivate readers from all walks of life to make exercise something that they seek most days of the week. Spark is packed with tons of really valuable scientific information and case studies, but it is never a heavy read. Ratey mixes in personal anecdotes, other people's experiences and practical advice to bring the pages to life. He also manages to maintain a friendly and down-to-earth voice even when discussing potentially mind-numbingly dry neuroscience. His conversational, upbeat tone keeps the eyes from glazing over and the pages turning...The science in this book is thorough and cutting-edge without ever being stodgy or overly complicated. Huge thanks to John Ratey and Eric Hagerman for this timely, accessible and inspiring contribution to the field of Exercise and the Brain. Reading Spark will improve your life. I highly recommend this book. Christopher Bergland
DrConnie More than 1 year ago
If you like exercise, you will love this book. Even if you don't like exercise you will find this book motivating. If you are a Fitness professional you will find this book helpful in motivating your students and giving justification for what you do everyday. Dr. Ratey presents the well-researched information in a clear and interesting manner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spark is a book for health professionals and for anyone who cares about their health. Dr. John Ratey, an accomplished researcher and scholar, 'check out a A User's Guide to the Brain another great book' has written a book that inspires you to move. Our sedentary culture is ill. Our bodies having been ignored for too long. Now there is evidence here that real growth changes are happening when we stress our bodies with exercize. Every physical system gets more efficient 'cardiovascular, neurological...every one' and best of all it feels good. Check this book out...you will wake up inspired to physical action. And pass it on please...Americans need Exercize!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has inspired me to go forward in my profession, Physical Education. Dr. Ratey, in simple language has put in a book that I have known about all my life. Exercise is the best medicine for everyone. Education administrators and the US Education System should follow the ideas in this book. Naperville High School BRAVO for your dedication to your students to make them the best they can be.
CONikki More than 1 year ago
This book is about the mind-body connection: The more fit we are the better we learn. Great case studies to prove the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely points out the link between exercise and fighting depression.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for every teacher. Awesome book, so enlightening to see that children need movement in their day & not all seat time.
Barrie-Oz More than 1 year ago
This book helped change my world. It provides a great deal of insight into our most marvelous organ systems--the brain and nervous system--especially for those whose systems are a little different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent review of exercise and the brain. It is a fairly high level read with very little explanation of neuroscience and neuroanatomy terms. My son read it for an AP Psych class in 10th grade and found it very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and easy to read book about the benefits of exercising, both for learning and mood for people of all ages. It really helped me to understand why I feel better after swimming and why if I am too busy to exercise I crave for my swim routine afterwards. It's also good for health professionals because it provides information of clinical (randomized, controlled and double blind) studies that justify the author's views.
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for why it is so important to exercise
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This book, as it says in the title, is revolutionary. My first move, after reading Chapter one, was to purchase a copy for the head of physical education at my school and to ask how I can help support our kids physical education, and help transform our community to one of both thinkers and movers. It has always seemed to me that among the most valuable classes at school we must list gym, and industrial art including cooking, sewing, wood and metal work. I am a doctor so academics are clearly important. I am also a couch potato turned marathoner. From this perspective, I see these courses effect the functioning of my life and are, in a practical sense, astonishingly valuable. This book gives a paradigm that explains why movement, P.E., must be an integral element of every child's education. it also gives pragmatic advise on how a P.E. program can be tailored to natural athletes and to those of us challenged in this area. Read it!
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Spark provided an excellent balance between describing the positive effects of exercise on the mind and the biology behind the effects. An excellent read for anyone interested in the molecular functioning of mind and body feelings.
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