John J. Ratey Quotes



Best 30 Quotes by John J. Ratey

“Exercise is really for the brain, not the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness, and feelings of well-being.”

“Exercise is the single most powerful tool you have to optimize your brain function. Exercise has a profound impact on cognitive abilities and mental health. It is simply one of the best treatments we have for most psychiatric problems.”

“If you had half an hour of exercise this morning, you're in the right frame of mind to sit still and focus on this paragraph, and your brain is far more equipped to remember it.”

7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise Quotes

“Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”

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“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning.”

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“We can know ourselves only because we can remember.”

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Go Wild Quotes

“Don’t drink sugar water. In any form. Not a Big Gulp Coke. Not a Knudsen’s 100 percent natural and organic fruit juice.”

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“Hippocrates recommended that all people in a bad mood should go for a walk — and if it did not improve, walk again.”

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“Hormesis is a biological response to low doses of a stressor, such as a toxin, that improves the ability of the body to handle that toxin. It can be applied to exercise. Unlike homeostasis, hormesis does not return the body to a normal state. It returns it to a better-than-normal state.”

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“Humans cannot be born with fully formed brains simply because the resulting head would not fit through the birth canal. Rather, our brains are built and formed after we are born, like a ship in a bottle, a process that takes fifteen, maybe twenty years.”

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“This pattern of balancing between comfort and exploration of the unknown is how we build our brains.”

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“You are born to move with grace, born to embrace novelty and variety, born to crave wide-open spaces, and, above all, born to love. But one of the more profound facts that will emerge is that you are born to heal. Your body fixes itself. A big part of this is an idea called homeostasis, which is a wonderfully intricate array of functions that repair the wear and tear and stress of living.”

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Spark Quotes

“At every level, from the microcellular to the psychological, exercise not only wards off the ill effects of chronic stress; it can also reverse them.
Studies show that if researchers exercise rats that have been chronically stressed, that activity makes the hippocampus grow back to its preshriveled state.
The mechanisms by which exercise changes how we think and feel are so much more effective than donuts, medicines, and wine. When you say you feel less stressed out after you go for a swim, or even a fast walk, you are.”

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“Exercise is another tool at your disposal, and it’s handy because it’s something you can prescribe for yourself.”

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“Exercise is as effective as certain medications for treating anxiety and depression.”

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“Exercise is medicine.”

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“Psychiatric drugs are so widely used that they incapacitate hundreds of millions of people around the globe. This iatrogenic psychological and physical disability is caused by the drugs.

In all countries where this relationship has been examined, the increase in disability pensions for mental health issues follows rather closely the increase in psychiatric drug consumption.”


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“From an evolutionary perspective, exercise tricks the brain into trying to maintain itself for survival despite the hormonal cues that it is aging.”

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“Getting older is unavoidable, but falling apart is not.”

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“If everyone knew that exercise worked as well as Zoloft, I think we could put a real dent in the disease.”

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“It turns out that moving our muscles produces proteins that travel through the bloodstream and into the brain, where they play pivotal roles in the mechanisms of our highest thought processes.”

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“Just as anxiety can feed on itself, so can courage.”

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“Like every other aspect of our psychology, motivation is biological.”

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“One of the first symptoms of depression, even before your mood drops to new lows, is sleep disturbance. Either you can’t get up or you can’t get to sleep or both.”

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“One of the prominent features of exercise, which is sometimes not appreciated in studies, is an improvement in the rate of learning.”

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“Over time, regular exercise also increases the efficiency of the cardiovascular system, lowering blood pressure.”

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“Physical activity counts as novel experience, at least as far as the brain is concerned.”

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“The message I want to leave you with is that even as your body changes, exercise will keep your mind firm and taught.”

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“We sometimes lose sight of the fact that the mind, brain, and body all influence one another. In addition to feeling good when you exercise, you feel good about yourself.”

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“What makes aerobic exercise so powerful is that it’s our evolutionary method of generating that spark. It lights a fire on every level of your brain, from stoking up the neurons’ metabolic furnaces to forging the very structures that transmit information from one synapse to the next.”

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“You have the power to change your brain. All you have to do is lace up your running shoes.”

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“It’s not your genetics. It’s because you’re a sh*thouse who can’t stick to training for longer than 3 months.

Stop with the coping and put in the work.”


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