John Ratey in the News

“‘Think of exercise as medication,’ says John Ratey, M.D., an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. ‘For a very small handful of people with ADHD, it may actually be a replacement for stimulant medication, but, for most, it’s complementary — something they should absolutely do, along with taking meds, to help increase attention and improve mood.’ ‘Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,” says Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. ‘On a practical level, it causes kids to be less impulsive, which makes them more primed to learn.’

In his contributions to ADDitude Magazine, he shares that exercise is an effective complementary strategy that can help to increase attention and improve mood, and for a small number of people can actually be a viable replacement for stimulant medications.”
–”5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness,” The Huffington Post, May 25, 2017

“Exercise is like taking a little bit of Ritalin and a little bit of Prozac.”
The Magic PillWBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, Fall 2016

“The body was designed to be pushed, and when we push our bodies, we push our brains, too,”
ADDitude, November 30, 2016

“Activities that engage the brain and increase blood flow to the brain make all measures of attention better … ”
Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2016

“Ratey is especially a fan of walking with no purpose. He says that’s when the brain can pick up more information and walking can allow one’s thoughts to come and go in a way they don’t when a person is focusing on something specific.”
–”Why Walking Matters,” Here and Now, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, May 19, 2014

“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning …”
–”7 Mind-Blowing Benefits of Exercise,” U.S. News and World Report, March 7, 2102