Book Report: Spark by John J. Ratey, MD


Book Report: Spark by John J. Ratey, MD. – 013


In this episode 013, In this episode, we discuss how things are going with our exercise Challenge 3 weeks in. It’s also time for our Book Report for this month and we discuss the book Spark by John, J. Ratey, MD.  We then discuss how we are inspired and/or persuaded to do something new.  Peggy is diggin some fun daily notes that show up in her email and Jenny discusses a cool way to remove makeup.  Let’s get after it!


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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


1:55: We review how the monthly challenge of daily exercise is going so far and any challenges that have come up

4:05: Book Report:  This month’s book is Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain by John J. Ratey, MD

22:22: Who Are You Anyway?  Today’s question is:  When someone is trying to convince you of something (like you should exercise regularly) are you more likely to be persuaded by emotion/peer pressure/passion or by good solid facts and figures?

25:47: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  I’m diggin’ Notes from the Universe which are free personalized reminders of life’s magic and your power.  Jenny is loving coconut oil as a makeup remover.

31:10: You Win or You Learn: My Win has to do with being prepared for this episode’s book report and Jenny’s learn is a bit of a throwback to when she wasn’t feeling well for the recording of last episode.

33:10: We wrap it up for this week and encourage you to keep moving with the daily exercise challenge.  It’s not too late to join us in the Facebook group for some accountability for your workouts through the month of September 


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Book:  Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.

Notes from the Universe


Key Quotes:

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.
Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s.

Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run—or, for that matter, simply the way you think. -Publisher’s description of the book Spark



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What was your biggest takeaway or insight from this episode? Did you read this month’s book?  If so, let us know what you thought about it!  Post your daily exercise this month or give us your take on the book on the socials using #theimprovementproject.  I’m on Instagram and Twitter and Jenny is on Twitter

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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to John and mom to fur baby Calvin the fat orange cat.  Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,


Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny