In the last decade amazing new research has completely shifted how we think about the brain. John Ratey, a psychiatrist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and a noted expert on the brain, summarized this new science in his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. At Revocycle we consider this book one of our founding documents.
We now know that aerobic exercise is simply one of the best things we can do for our brain. This realization has profound implications for our health. As Ratey details in his book, aerobic exercise has a whole suite of effects on the brain: it reduces or even cures depression; physiologically dampens anxiety and stress; significantly reduces our risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease; slows or reverses age-related cognitive decline; sharpens focus and improves memory. And this is in addition to the wonderful sense of euphoria we experience after the great music and friends in a Revocycle class!
We highly recommend this book to all of our Revocycle community. Our founder spent a week in the beautiful surroundings of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California studying with Dr. Ratey and a small group of healers who are out to change the world. The experience led him to found Revocycle in order to bring the mind and body benefits of healthy movment to everyone- serious exercisers or not. It’s amazing how one small pebble creates ripples that spread out to change the world!