- Spark : The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
Exercise is often cited as a remedy to stress, but did you know that exercise can actually improve your brain! From the development of new neurons to the balancing of neurotransmitters, exercise holds vast benefits for mental functioning. Schools that have adopted new approaches to physical education based on these scientific findings are seeing student achievement in academic areas skyrocket. An outstanding and important book!
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