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Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Md John J. Ratey

Narrated By: Walter Dixon

Publisher: Gildan Media

Date: August 2008

Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes


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.


  • Alistair Barnes

    I work with a nonprofit, Mission Squash; we have anecdotal evidence that excercise alleviates symptoms of ADHD, aids academic performance and improves general behavior. It's great to have documented evidence of what so many have intrinsically known for years. The question is how can we spread the word and help millions improve their lives and reduce US healthcare costs? Five stars from me, although this is somewhat a technical read. Useful for anyone who wants to improve their physical or mental health, or that of others.

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  • barbara wolverton

    This is amazing! I wish this kind of program was enforce when I was in school! I think the education should become a standard. I have applied some of the tools with great success...must read for anyone seeking self-improvement!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ryan H.

    Amazing book for anyone that wants to learn about the power of exercise.

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