Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the BrainIf you are looking for a book that will motivate you to get moving, Spark by John J. Ratey, MD is a great choice.  Dr. Ratey explains, through the latest scientific research, how truly connected brain health is to movement of the body.  Covering everything from how schools are raising test scores by ramping up their gym classes to how exercise can be as beneficial as drugs (with none of the negative side effects but many positive ones) for treating things like ADHD, depression and Alzheimer’s.  There are chapters on stress, women’s health, aging and more.

When we exercise, not only do our bodies work better, our brains do too.  We were designed to move and when we can’t or choose not to, we pay the price with our health.  Ratey describes how his mother stayed mentally sharp by walking everywhere until a fall and broken hip sidelined her.  (She was a great walker, but did no resistance training to stave off osteoporosis). After the loss of mobility, her brain function deteriorated rapidly.  The great news is, though, that even if you have the genetic markers for something like Alzheimer’s, exercise helps your brain to find ways to make new connections to keep your thoughts running smoothly. If you read the research, you might consider Dbol steroids, in specifically needy times.

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The take home message is if you want your kid’s brains to develop to the best of their ability and you want to age well yourself — instead of just age — or if you have aging parents whom you want to stay mentally sharp, then get everyone in your family off the couch and up and moving.  Exercise and the brain — both beautiful things.