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.

— John Ratey

The most surprising John Ratey quotes that will add value to your life

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.


We can know ourselves only because we can remember.


Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.


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