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Exercise and the Brain

In writing my new book Physio for your Emotions, I have a couple of questions about how exercise affects our brain function, with Dr John Ratey.

Dr Ratey is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For more than a decade he taught residents and Harvard medical students as the Assistant Director of Resident training at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He continues to teach psychiatrists as a regular instructor in Harvard’s Continuing Medical Education program.

In Dr Ratey’s latest book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, he looks at a landmark study, where aerobic exercise was shown to be as effective as antidepressants. That women who exercise, lower their chances of developing dementia by 50 percent. That a revolutionary fitness program helped put one U.S. school district of 19,000 kids first in the world in science. That, in fact, exercise sparks new brain-cell growth. The evidence is in: aerobic exercise physically transforms our brains for peak performance.

Check out Dr Ratey’s blog and his recent article on how exercise helps people learn.


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The Moment I Cease to Hate

“At certain moments, always unforseen, I become happy

I look at the strangers near as if I had known them all my life

Everything fills me with affection

It may be an hour before the mood passes, but lately

I seem to understand that I enter upon it …. the moment I cease to hate

William Butler Yeats

Insane – Friedrich Nietzsche

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

I Can – Kiran Bir Seth

Kiran Bir Seth, talks about the ‘I Can mind set’. She is an absolute leading light in enabling kids and adults to understand that they have the ability to effect change at any level.

At a time when pressure and stress seem to be touching everyone it’s important to take a few minutes to lift yourself up and remind yourself that;

I Can, You Can, We Can!


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