John Ratey’s book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain is a book everyone should read – whether you have ADHD or not. And we mean everyone: you, your spouse, your parents, your kids, their teachers, your doctors. EVERYONE!
You might have seen this book and put off opening it figuring it would be dry and technical, but it’s not at all. Sarah Wright, Edge Foundation Executive Director, reports “It so compelling and easy to read I could hardly put it down.” The evidence in Spark is incontrovertible: aerobic exercise physically transforms our brains for peak performance.
John Ratey is no newcomer to the ADHD community. He co-authored (with Edward Hallowell) the best selling, Driven To Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood, and is the spouse of ADHD expert and founding Edge Foundation board member, Nancy Ratey.
The book highlights the best findings of hundreds of papers Ratey read in researching this book – most published in the last decade – giving you insight into the latest understanding of how the brain works.
A sampling of John Ratey’s brain research findings
- Exercise is truly the best defense against everything from mood disorders [depressions] to ADD/ADHD to addiction to menopause to Alzheimer’s.
- Getting your heart and lungs pumping can mean the difference between a calm, focused mind and a harried, inattentive self.
- Aerobic exercise has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants in treating anxiety
- The Brain works much as muscles do-growing with use, withering with inactivity.
- Exercise even sparks new brain cell growth!
How to buy Spark!
Of course you know how to order a book on-line, but did you know if you click on the link embedded in this article below, Edge Foundation will receive a small fee for every book you purchase on Amazon.com during that visit?
Click here to buy Spark and support the Edge Foundation today!
And here are a couple of other great books on ADHD:
Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD — written by Edge Foundation’s Executive Director, Sarah Wright.
We’d love to hear what books you’ve found helpful for discovering how to live with ADHD. Post them in the comments and we will review more books in future months.