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Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain - Professor John J Ratey


The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Paperback Published: 30th December 2012
ISBN: 9780316113519
Number Of Pages: 304

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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 Ratey, MD embarks upon a fascinating journey through the mind-body connection, illustrating that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, that has put the local school district of 19,000 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.

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"Ratey has culled the latest science and found that a regular workout can help build a better, faster brain."--USA Today "Bravo! An extremely important book. What Cooper did decades ago for exercise and the heart, Ratey does in SPARK for exercise and the brain. An utterly convincing and brilliantly documented ground-breaking work...So, get moving! Your brain will thank you and repay you many times over."--Edward Hallowell, M.D., The Hallowell Centers "I enthusiastically recommend this book...If your goal is to live a long and healthy life to the fullest then Spark should be required reading."--Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., "Father of Aerobics" "SPARK is mercifully short on Ivy League med-school-speak. And it may just spell the end of all dumb-jock jokes."--Outside Magazine "This book is a real turning point that explains something I've been trying to figure out for years. Exercise is not simply necessary, as Dr. Ratey clearly shows, it's medicine."--Greg LeMond, three-time winner of the Tour de France "SPARK is just what we need. In mental health, exercise is a growth stock and Ratey is our best broker."--Ken Duckworth, M.D., Medical Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness "At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning!"--Dr. Susan M. Love, author of Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book and Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book "This is my self-help book for the season."--Houston Chronicle "This is my self-help book for the season." "Houston Chronicle "" "This is my self-help book for the season."-- Houston Chronicle

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A Must-Read for Those Into Brain Health


John Ratey explores the emerging research evidence supporting the positive effects of physical exercise on brain growth, and as a powerful adjunct in the treatment of things such as ADHD, anxiety and depression. Despite all the references to research, he writes in a very reader-friendly way without dumbing it down. As someone in her sixties who is becoming more and more aware of the risks of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, Ratey's book gives me hope that if I increase my heart rate through aerobic exercise, I will not only decrease my risk of cardiovascular disease, but brain disease as well. This is not exactly a page turner or a book you can't put down, but definitely one to dip into regularly to inspire.

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ISBN: 9780316113519
ISBN-10: 0316113514
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 30th December 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27

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