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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This biographical article related to medicine in the United States is a stub. By drawing down surplus fuel, exercise also bolsters our supply of BDNF, which is reduced by high glucose.

This book was offered for reading at my school as part of a grant which funds a before-school fitness program for students. But exercise also helps the average person reduce normal feelings of anxiousness. There is so much good that exercise can do for a person, both physically of course and mentally; both immediately and over time.

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But, as a non-scientist, I felt bogged down by the loooong sections that tried to explain how certain processes work in the brain. Have healthier babies Exercise seems to be more than just not harmful, though.

Calm down As for the trait, the majority of studies show that aerobic exercise significantly alleviates symptoms of any anxiety disorder. One thing about this book that might put off a lot of people is that it’s quite technical and goes into A LOT of studies and case studies.

Physical activity is a necessary part of our evolution to develop ourselves both physically and mentally. Exercise seems to be more than just not harmful, though. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run.

I suspect some bias on the part of the author when choosing which studies to cite informally in the book, but as a student of medicine I …more Legitimate. 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.


If you just read the first couple of chapters you will start to move. Aug 01, Beth rated it really liked it Shelves: THE LIFE LIST Much of the public discourse on aging focuses on baby boomers becoming senior citizens and the belief that their vast numbers will take an unprecedented toll on the health care system, in the form of dementia and other costly health problems. Low-carb diets may help you lose weight, but they’re not good for your brain.

My advice here is to keep challenging your mind. Too much physically damages the hippocampus–free radicals kill cells there and retract dendrites. But I decided that I wouldn’t worry about gaining a complete neurological understanding. 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 could get out of that extra semester of PE!

The road to successful aging really begins with desire, because without the desire to stay engaged and active ad alive, people quickly fall into the death trap of being sedentary and solitary. S Department of Energy that tracked two groups of nuclear shipyard workers. Mar 01, El rated it really liked it Shelves: I strictly limit the amount of time they spend on screens; they’re all in sports on a weekly or more basis except for my youngest ; I take them swimming, to the park, on bike rides etc.

Exercise counteracts the natural decline of dopamine, the key neurotransmitter in the motivation and motor systems. Population studies bear this out: This book’s focus is exercise, but the author slips a few comments in about nutrition that caught my eye: Exercise helps your body utilize energy more efficiently One of the ways exercise optimizes energy usage is by triggering the production of more receptors for insulin.

I listen to noisy birds and croaky frogs. Just trust me, the lead author asserts, he is, after all, on the faculty at Harvard. This book is quite amazing–highly recommended! And, in a book purporting to be about bringing the benefits of science to people, this seems to me utterly unacceptable.


But I like my brain I didn’t understand all the neurology mentioned in this book, but the author was good at clearly summarizing the scientific findings. The Best Books of 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.

Eric Hagerman is a former editor of Popular Science and Outside. Ratey’s book makes 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.

I feel validated as a mom battling against screens for my kids. The book then dives into the damaging effects of the modern sedentary lifestyle and goes into dozens of studies presenting positive effects of exercise on learning, stress management, anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction, hormonal changes, and aging related conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

Most of them don’t. Mar 01, Niki rated it it was amazing.

I suspect some bias on the part of the author when choosing which studies to cite informally in the jhon, but as a student of medicine I can, to a reasonable degree, certify that the science is all sound. An excellent exercise motivator!

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Now, it is a universal fact that exercise is good for you. Exercise combats the corrosive effects of too much cortisol, a product of chronic stress that can bring on depression and dementia.

What I love about this book is the way he explains everything in scientific detail–no oversimplification or handwaving. But I had not realized the many other benefits to one’s brain, intelligence, memory, problem solving, that are induced by exercise.

Running causesme excruciating pain, itching, and depression.