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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2008 John J. Ratey (P)2008 Gildan Media Corp
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Spark

Inspiring, motivational, fascinating

As a nurse I've long known that exercise is good for us, but John Ratey reinforces why with plenty of terrific studies. The physiology is fascinating, the research current and all presented in a manner that we can apply to our every day lives. I highly recommend this book to all; those of us who already exercise and to those of us who need to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roman on 12-17-09

Scientific and motivational

I find this book extremely useful. I prefer books that are scientifically strict and contain no pseudo-motivational bullshit. This book is a great example of how good material makes a great motivation itself.

I have no professional knowledge in medicine, yet still somehow the examples, terms and facts in the book are so really interesting. Yes, the author uses complicated terms quite often, but he really repeats them over and over and always explains briefly what they mean. If you're interested in a particular term, you can always google it and find out some more on the subject. But the book presents a great deal of fresh information, exciting studies and some personal stories. It covers aspects of exercising for different stages of life and genders. By reading it, you will not only understand how to take care of yourself, but how and why you should motivate other people to do exercises.

I'm a programmer and an entrepreneur and I really enjoy learning all the time and getting more knowledge. As well as I enjoy staying fit. But until I read this book, I couldn't mentally connect these two things. I've been lifting weights and doing my cardio for over 4 years now and I've always noticed how they make me feel better, but I didn't know why. And, sometimes the motivation for the workouts slipped away because I couldn't see the measurable results. Now, thanks to the book, I have another source of motivation, which is supported by hundreds of scientific studies and facts.

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By ianatyler on 09-10-14

slow start but well worth the wait

Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

yes clear easy to listen to

Any additional comments?

just what the doctor ordered.
Highly interesting links between exercise and overall mental and physical health. Well worth the money

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 12-02-13

Spark to your training !!!!!

Would you listen to Spark again? Why?

Yes. This book offers the reader a really insightful look at the connections between exercise and the mind.

What did you like best about this story?

The interest it has 'Sparked' in my own training routine and that the benefits it has thought me has lead to real improvements in both my fitness level and state of mind.

What does Walter Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The authors heartfelt belief in his years of study and research is brought to life by the narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fact that the author believes so strongly that the connection between fitness and the mind and its ability to treat depression is an interesting concept that you can put to the test, if your feeling a little blue.....go for a run !!!! Okay not that simple but is the basis of the concept.

Any additional comments?

Well, well, well worth a read if you are looking for an inspirational kick for your fitness goals.

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By Maricar Pedrosa on 04-23-18

Educational and relatable!

Definitely worth listening to. I love the framework of stating a point and providing a short story to drive home the point/s.

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By johny wheadon on 03-13-18

Great eye opener for anyone about mental health

As a trainer this book was a great look into how exercise really effects mental health and health in general. Me myself have suffered ptsd and suicidal thought patterns and have always used mixed martial arts especially jiu jitsu to help keep me focused and keeps the endorphins flowing. I would recommend for anyone feeling not quite themselves and not sure why or people wanting to know the truth about what exercise done in the brain instead of marketing ploys businesses use to make profits. Love your work and be kind to your mind

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