John J. Ratey Quotes

Who is John J. Ratey?

Dr. John J. Ratey is an American physician who promotes exercise as a medicine and as a way to improve your brain. Ratey is best known for his books 'Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain' and 'Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization'.

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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.”

John J. Ratey

“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.”

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“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.”

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7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise Quotes

“Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”

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7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise

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

John J. Ratey
7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise

A User's Guide to the Brain Quotes

“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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Go Wild

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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.”

John J. Ratey
Go Wild

“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.”

John J. Ratey
Go Wild

“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.”

John J. Ratey
Go Wild

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

John J. Ratey
Go Wild

“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.”

John J. Ratey
Go Wild

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.”

John J. Ratey
Spark

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

John J. Ratey
Spark

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

John J. Ratey
Spark

“Exercise is medicine.”

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Spark

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“We all know that being overweight is not good for our health, for a number of reasons. Now, science has just given us one more reason. Recent research confirms that being overweight or obese is also detrimental to mental health.”

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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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Spark

“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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Spark

“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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Spark

“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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Spark

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

John J. Ratey
Spark

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

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Spark

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

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Spark

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

John J. Ratey
Spark

“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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Spark

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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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Spark

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

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“You should be far more concerned with your current trajectory than with your current results.”

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