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"At last a book that explains to me why I feel so much better if I run in the morning! This very readable book describes the science behind the mind-body connection and adds to the evidence that exercise is the best way to stay healthy, alert, and happy!"―Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book and Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book
"Bravo! This is an extremely important book. What Cooper did decades ago for exercise and the heart, Ratey does in SPARK for exercise and the brain. Everyone--teachers, doctors, managers, policy-makers, individuals trying to lead the best kind of life--can benefit enormously from the utterly convincing and brilliantly documented thesis of this ground-breaking work. People know that exercise helps just about everything, except anorexia, but it will surprise most people just how dramatically it improves all areas of mental functioning. So, get moving! You're brain will thank you and repay you many times over."―Edward Hallowell, M.D., The Hallowell Centers
"This book is a real turning point that explains something I've been trying to figure out for years. Having experienced symptoms of both ADHD and mild depression, I have personally witnessed the powerful effects of exercise, and I've suspected that the health benefits go way beyond just fitness. 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-a thoughtful, interesting, scientific treatise on the powerful and positive impact of exercise on the brain. 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
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.
Flat out astonishing! This book has information that is proven, scientific and "cold hard evidence" of the magic that occurs when you treat yourself to physical exercise... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Janson
This is a fantastic book. If this doesn't give you reason to get active - nothing will! Definately worth reading again and again.Published 9 months ago by Shari
A must read for all--- not just advocating exercise but trumpets it's value psychologically and neurodynamically.Published 9 months ago by William D. Stanish
There's no need to repeat the many positive remarks from other reviewers; I just want to endorse them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nikkassofan
Same old, same old. You could read it's tired and hacknied message in one pagePublished 14 months ago by ajeffrey
I used it as a course textbook for university. We compare the lay perspective (As in here) to actual, empirical research and this book actually holds its own well compared to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Hiten Dave
wow this book really makes you think about excersie differently. This is not an ordinary fittness book but rather helps the reader to understand how excersize and mental health a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by helga