For his groundbreaking investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, John Ratey, MD is this month's recipient of the #Walkie. Dr. Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, has championed exercise as a way to “turn the brain on,” alleviate depression and anxiety, and boost well-being. He has helped popularize the concept that the body exercises the brain. To learn more about Dr. Ratey and his many publications visit his website: JohnRatey.com
As Dr. Ratey writes, “The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best, and in my view, this benefit of physical activity is far more important - and fascinating - than what it does for the body. Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects. I often tell my patients that the point of exercise is to build and condition the brain.”
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And remember to KEEP MOVING...
I walked .37 miles and burned 48 calories while typing this newsletter.