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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Exercise is one of the few ways to counter the process of aging because it slows down the natural decline of the stress threshold. Sep 15, Cara rated it it was amazing Recommended to Cara by: Now anytime we deviate too far from that active lifestyle and diet we start to experience the detrimental effects. This biographical article related to medicine in the United States is a stub.

Exercise seems to be more than just not harmful, though. But exercise also helps the average person reduce normal feelings of anxiousness. Instead, Ratey seems to think he must explain the biological processes each time. 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 scoresSPARK is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain.

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.

These inroads expand the vascular network, bringing each area of the brain that much closer to a lifeline and creating redundant circulation routes that protect against future blockages. Citing numerous scientific studies as well as various anecdotal stories, Ratey looks at the benefits of exercise relative to learning, stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit, hormonal changes, and aging. Lots of why’s and how’s here, and like my general unease that we’re not evolved enough to eat processed food, we’re also not evolved enough to be as sedentary as we are.

The CDC estimates that 73 percent of Americans over sixty-five are overweight, and given the potential problems obesity can lead to–from cardiovascular disease to diabetes–the agency is right in declaring it a pandemic.


As an illustration of the power of drugs, consider that while sex increases dopamine levels 50 to percent, cocaine sends dopamine skyrocketing to percent beyond normal levels. More women every year die from hip fractures–a vulnerability of osteoporosis–than from breast cancer. My only hang-up is that sometimes it was a bit technical and hard to keep all the different neurotransmitters and hormones straight.

Exercise improves both the body and the mind. He then details how exercise has benefitted particular subgroups, such as those with ADHD or depression, pregnant women, and the elderly. I pre-read it as I tend to pre-read all her assigned books but Also, the logical and pragmatic layman would, I’m quite sure, agree with the content of the book; it doesn’t request or require any leaps of faith by the reader in order for her to fully engage and sympathise with the overall notion that exercise is positive for the brain in the numerous ways proposed.

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

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Then he claims the study was never published because it failed to show the expected malignant results of radiation. View all 7 comments. Moving the body keeps the brain growing by elevating the supply of neurotrophic factors necessary for neuroplasticity and neurogenesis, which should otherwise naturally diminish with age.

Author talks about different factors which plays a major role in our body.

Best of all, the receptors stay there, which means the newfound efficiency gets built in. Now I feel like I really understand it. This book really deserves a 5-star rating. The more robust the connections, the better prepared your brain will be to handle and damage it spatk experience.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

The author of Spark take a much more condescending approach. In smokers, just five minutes of intense exercise can be beneficial.

Not only does exercise make you think faster, it also improves your mood, makes you live longer, and can reverse soem of the effects of aging. But the body’s and brain’s reaction to exercise is so complex, multifaceted and exquisitely balanced as to make it certain to never be fully captured within a pill.


Exercise brings the immune system back into equilibrium so it can sop inflammation and combat disease.

Jul 25, Mario Tomic rated it really liked it. Exercise particularly affects our executive function – planning, organization, initiate or delay a response, consequence evaluation, learning from mistake, maintain the focus, working memory and it helps us to access the front part of the brain prefrontal cortex – both right and left and increases the learning ability.

Ratey clearly shows, it’s medicine. I read chapter 3: Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. 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!

But I suppose I’m just not shallow enough to devote my time to my own I like to move.

THE LIFE LIST Much of the public discourse on aging focuses on baby boomers becoming senior citizens and the sparkk that their vast numbers will take an unprecedented toll on the health care system, in the form of dementia and other costly health problems.

The bad news, his “ideal” amount of exercise is 45 minutes to an hour of “high” exertion where jogging is “moderate” and walking is “mild” every day, along with two or three days of interval training.

According to this book I rateu a walking recipe for Alzheimer’s disease. Here are my resources on living forever ].

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At one point Ratey gives a hagiographic description of a man who’s an expert marathoner. This is the most important book you will never read! The Framingham Heart Study followed nine joohn people for nine years and found that those who ate three meals with fish oil per week were half as likely to develop dementia.

As a slow and uncoordinated athlete he he I embrace that concept!! Nov 14, Roma Jones rated it liked it.