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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As we age, insulin levels drop; and glucose has a harder time getting into the cells to fuel them. Slark problem is that I tend to relegate exercise into the category of “fun” instead of “necessity”.

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

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The big idea of the book is very simple: This book really deserves a 5-star rating. One of the most important things I learned from this book is how intimately our mind and body are connected and in order to function properly, we need to create an environment where everything is in balance.

With these two means, man can attain perfection. And I can’t tell rarey having read the book, and that’s definitely for crap.

Mar 24, Vivian rated it it was amazing. 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. The evidence is incontrovertible: And some people use omega-3s as a stand-alone treatment for mood disorders and ADHD. 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.


I would recommend IU international units of vitamin D…I would also recommend taking vitamin B with at least mg of folate, which improves memory and processing speed. Third, he comes off as a zealot, and he has the unfortunate blinders of a zealot: Totally fascinating so far. The author covers, not only the brain physiology of exercise in relation to aging, depression, anxiety Oh my god.

Also, exercise increases IGF-1, which helps insulin manage glucose levels. 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.

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! This is a book by a Harvard psychiatrist about the link between mental health and exercise. rtey

Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Preview — Spark by John J. He briefly touches on balance and weight-bearing exercise, but mostly, he talks rateh aerobic exercise, and it gets to the point where you can see he’s pretty particular about running. This book is quite amazing–highly recommended!

Everyone knows the benefits of exercise on the muscles and heart but now studies have discovered what it does to the brain, which is even more impressive. Aug 03, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t think it’s necessary to understand what all those terms mean, but if they bother you it’s possible to Google them in most cases.


If you’re the kind of person who needs to be intellectually convinced by mountains of research to confirm something you already know – as I am – and you’re trying desperately to start a regular exercise habit – as I am – you need to run and get this book, like, yesterday.

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Love, author of Dr. I pre-read it as I tend to pre-read all her assigned books but But exercise also helps the average person reduce normal feelings of anxiousness. You’ll be eager and excited to seriously insert exercise in your daily routine after reading this. In one about people from Finland originally surveyed in the s and eatey 21 years later when they were between 65 and 79 years old. Mar 01, Niki rated it it was amazing. When people retire, they figure they deserve a break after working their whole lives, and they start piling on the food.

I’ve heard before that exercise has raey same effect on the brain as ADHD pills, but without the side effects.