Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

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Little, Brown, Jan 10, 2008 - Health & Fitness - 294 pages
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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.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this 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---or, for that matter, simply the way you think
  

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Great science, self-flagellatory writing. - Goodreads
Good information, but not a page turner... - Goodreads
Lots of interesting research as backup. - Goodreads
The writing style is very readable and informative. - Goodreads
Not so hot on actual advice on how to set a routine. - Goodreads
Plenty of research to back up the conclusions. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Roma Jones - Goodreads

I was interested in the science behind this idea, and it did motivate me to get off my butt, But I quickly became bored due to the repetitivness of the information and had to skim the rest Read full review

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User Review  - Eleanor Bramwell - Goodreads

Need to re-read. I don't remember this one. Read full review

Contents

FIRSTCLASS PERFORMANCE
THE NEW PE
CARRYING THE TORCH
THE SMART JOCK
A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME
GOOD FOR THE BODY GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
FOLLOW THE LEADERS
BEYOND FITNESS
THE PRESCRIPTION
MASS DISTRACTION
SIGNS OF TROUBLE
COMING THROUGH LOUD AND UNCLEAR
ATTENTION ALL CONTROL UNITS
EARLY CLUES
FOCUS ON EXERCISE
ENGAGE THE BRAIN

SPREADING THE GOSPEL
THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSENGER
TO LEARN IS TO GROW
THE MINDBODY CONNECTION
THE FIRST SPARK
THE NATURE OF NURTURE
STRETCHING PLASTICITY
THE BODYMIND CONNECTION
EXERCISE YOUR OPTIONS
REDEFINING STRESS
THE ALARM SYSTEM
FOCUS
FUEL
WISDOM
FIGHTING OUR INSTINCTS
THAT WHICH DOESNT KILL YOU
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
THE CORROSIVE EFFECTS OF STRESS
THE SCIENCE OF BURNING IT OFF
WHAT PROTECTS THE MIND PROTECTS THE BODY
WORK IT OUT
THE CASE
THE DEFENSE
THE EVIDENCE
FEAR ITSELF
THE PAIN OF PANIC
PUSHING THROUGH THE PAIN
THE MISSING CONNECTION
FACING THE FEAR
OUTRUNNING THE FEAR
PLAN A COUNTERATTACK
THE NEW BUZZ
CONVERGING PATHS
THE TRUE TEST
THE BEST FIX
HOLES IN THE THEORY
THE UNDERLYING CONNECTION
BREAKING THE BONDS
OUT OF THE TUNNEL
A CLASSIC CASE
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
UNJUST REWARDS
GETTING BACK ON YOUR FEET
CRAVING A DOPAMINE FIX
FIGHT THE URGE SHAKE THE HABIT
A TALE OF DEPENDENCE
A NATURAL HIGH
HOOKED ON THE GOOD STUFF
FILLING THE VESSEL
REGAIN CONTROL
NATURAL UPS AND DOWNS
RESTORING BALANCE
TO MOVE OR NOT TO MOVE?
DONT FORGET THE BABY
A BOLT OF THE BLUES
GETTING BACK OUT THERE
THE BIG CHANGE
CONSIDER THE SYMPTONS
EXERCISE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER
HOW WE AGE
COGNITIVE DECLINE
EMOTIONAL DECLINE
DEMENTIA
THE LIFE LIST
LISTEN TO MY MOTHER
STEADY DOES IT
KEEP LEARNING
BORN TO RUN
WALKING
JOGGING
RUNNING
NONAEROBIC ACTIVITY
STICKING WITH IT
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
STAY FLEXIBLE
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About the author (2008)

John Ratey, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous bestselling and groundbreaking books, including Driven to Distraction and A User's Guide to the Brain. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he has a private practice. Eric Hagerman is a former editor of Popular Science and Outside. His work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing 2004, Men's Journal, and PLAY.

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