Here are some examples. John Ratey is a psychiatry prof at Harvard Med School. 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. One of the ways exercise optimizes energy usage is by triggering the production of more receptors for insulin. In the body, having more receptors means better use of blood glucose and stronger cells.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J.

Ratey, MD. Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance. In Spark , John J. Ratey, M. Filled with amazing case studies such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19, kids first in the world of science test scores , Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain.

It will change forever the way you think about your morning run -- -or, for that matter, simply the way you think. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon SG. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page.

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Susan Love's Breast Book "Bravo! An extremely important book. An utterly convincing and brilliantly documented ground-breaking work So, get moving!

Your brain will thank you and repay you many times over. If your goal is to live a long and healthy life to the fullest then Spark should be required reading.

Cooper, M. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker. And it may just spell the end of all dumb-jock jokes. Exercise is not simply necessary, as Dr. Ratey clearly shows, it's medicine. John Ratey, M. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, including Spark , Driven to Distraction , and A User's Guide to the Brain.

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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. John Ratey has compiled great research within each chapter addressing specific conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, stress, menopause, and aging. And, he conveys how exercise improves all those conditions. Ratey dwelves in physiological details how exercise boosts the levels of various neurotransmitters, hormones, and proteins which in turn positively affect our overall health and cognitive capabilities including memory, learning, mood regulation.

Ratey conveys what specific type of exercises assist specific health situation and cognitive functions. There are tens of related interesting insights throughout the book.

I am just mentioning a few examples below. They are serotonin mood , norepinephrine focus , and dopamine reward-system, movement. And, the pharmaceutical industry has focused on them: boosting serotonin to manage anxiety and depression; increasing dopamine to manage Parkinson.

However, exercise boosts all three without any negative side effects. Together, they reduce ADHD and enhance learning. Stress, anxiety, and depression impair neurogenesis. But, exercise fights off those conditions and enhances neurogenesis. BDNF facilitates the learning process and is important for long-term memories.

In addition to synaptic plasticity, BDNF also plays a role in energy metabolism. BDNF also ramps up serotonin levels that help with mood, depression, anxiety. And, exercise boosts BDNF levels. Tennis and biking fits that. Skill exercise strengthens and expands neural networks. The more complex the movements the more complex the synaptic connections.

Aerobic exercise enhances mood by boosting the levels of all three mentioned neurotransmitters. In combination, these are like a fountain of youth. Our sedentary lifestyle is not catered to our DNA, and explains the obesity crisis. Exercise can assist with both conditions.

And, when combined with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the risk increases sixfold. Hands down, the most helpful wellness book I have read in past ten years, and re-read 6 times. BTW, I have read one non-fiction book per week since , so I select my reading material carefully. I am recovering from spinal surgery and enrolled in intense physical therapy three days weekly. This book and the Doc's recommendations have become my guidebook to wellness.

My 'amazing progress' as described by my 2 doctors is proof Doctor Ratey knows what works and why. This book is a must-read for anyone who is serious about their longevity. I'm I was a bit sad, too, since I "knew" it would continue to decline.

After reading this book, I realized I can change that outcome and improve my memory significantly. A ton of research has been done in neuroscience over the last 15 years, but this was the first I'd heard of it!

If you are willing to change your diet and to start exercising regularly in order to retain and improve your memory, this is the book for you. It was not an easy read due to some usage of medical terminology, but it works. I recommend that you just say "this thing" when you run across a tech term, because by the end of the book what is needed is explained in language anyone can understand.

This is superb!! As a retired doc ,I was unaware of the new developments in the complex organ which houses our intelligence and our souls. Ratey has the ability to explain function so even a doctor can understand. I graduated med school in '59 and retired a few years ago. The amount and intracracy of information is mind boggling and I don't know how the busy clinician finds the time to keep up particularly while being overwhelmed -- created by a bureaucracy which is drowning and hence diminishing what was once the most gratifying occupation that one can be priviledged to engage in Pardon spelling and punctuation am old,senile man who is just learning how to type and forgotten how to spell.

As a mental health professional who works with the brain, I have implemented several additional strategies to my work such as nutrition and functional medicine. However, with "Spark" I have found that the missing ingredient in the recipe was exercise.

Now, I will use it in combination with brain training at my clinic to improve the lives of my clients even further. A great book which contains valuable and useful information as well as a easy, comprehensible read. Many people will think, "well, duh! Go to Amazon. Back to top.

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