I was curious about this book after watching a CBC news piece on a dedicated young teacher who'd upped her students' math marks and solved some behaviour problems simply by getting them to run on a treadmill before class started. She was inspired by this book. See http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/special_feature/brain_gains/.
Ratey's theory is that we're hardwired as hunters and gatherers for a certain level of physical activity, and when we don't get it, our brains don't work properly. It's obvious to anyone with eyes that our sedentary lifestyle is making us fat. Ratey suggests that it's also making us stupid, stressed, and in some cases, addicted. He presents convincing evidence, both from clinical trials and his own medical practice that exercise can help combat grey matter loss, anxiety, stress, ADHD and aging.
Recommended to teachers, or anyone looking for additional motivation to improve their fitness level....Continua
pretty good book; can be summed up like this: daily, intense exercise is good for your brain.
the rest of the book is explanations, patients of the author and how exercise changed their lives (got them out of/helped significantly with depression, anxiety, addictions, confidence, memory problems, etc), and various studies that have been done.
more convincing than any diet or health book/article/whatever i ever read that i should exercise every day....Continua