Exercise Can Improve Your Mind and ADD Focus

ADHD Marriage: 

Doctor John Ratey, author of A User's Guide to the Brain and co-author of Delivered from Distration has come out with a GREAT new book on how exercise affects your brain -  Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain tells you in easy-to-read prose how exercise improves your focus (ADDers take note!), beats stress, improves your mood, improves your memory and more.  In fact, the right kinds of exercise actually GROWS more brain connections.  Not sure about keeping that New Year's resolution?  Read this book!

Comments

Terrific book!

I'm in the process of reading Spark now. It's a terrific book. I took Dr. Ratey's telecourse on Harnessing the Psychological Benefits of Exercise last summer and this book just adds depth and a better understanding to the material he covered then. I think that every American ought to read it (after all one of the chapters in the book has got to address each person's concern -- depression, anxiety, ADD, women's hormonal fluxuations, stress and aging). Folks dealing with ADD can especially benefit, because they frequently hit many or all of the above categories and while meds are helpful, they're not a perfect solution. I loved how the book helps me understand why my grades took such a sudden up tic after I started jogging in high school and how I was able to get through college and do well even though I wasn't on medication. I was alwasy on the move -- jogging 3 miles a day, running to classes, climbing stairs, and pacing the dorm halls at night. It also helped me understand how things took a definate turn downhill after kids when I left off regular exercise. I'm in the process of reclaiming my brain and boosting my exercise output!