Los Angeles, CA, May 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For his groundbreaking investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain John Ratey, MD is this month’s recipient of the #Walkie. Dr. Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, has championed exercise as a way to “turn the brain on,” alleviate depression and anxiety and boost wellbeing. He has helped popularize the concept that the body exercises the brain.

As Dr. Ratey writes, “The real reason we feel so good when we get our blood pumping is that it makes the brain function at its best, and in my view, this benefit of physical activity is far more important – and fascinating – than what it does for the body. Building muscles and conditioning the heart and lungs are essentially side effects. I often tell my patients that the point of exercise is to build and condition the brain.”

Dr. Ratey is also the author of Go Wild: Free Your Body and Mind from the Afflictions of Civilization, Delivered from Distraction – Getting the Most Out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder, A User’s Guide to the Brain: Perception, Attention, and the Four Theatres of the Brain, among other books. View his TEDx talk “Run, Jump. Learn” on YouTube.

The #Walkie honors the most moving insights from thought leaders who bring attention to the power of movement, particularly walking, to increase longevity and improve health. UnSit is dedicated to getting everyone up and walking with events, information, and by encouraging lifestyle changes. 

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Best-selling author John J. Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an internationally recognized expert in Neuropsychiatry. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, and 11 books published in 15 languages, including the groundbreaking ADD-ADHD Driven to Distraction series with Ned Hallowell, MD. With the publication of Spark-The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr. Ratey has established himself as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. His latest book, Go Wild explores how we can achieve optimal physical and mental health by getting in touch with our caveman roots, and how we can “re-wild” our lives. Visit his website.


UnSit is a startup that has created a new kind of treadmill desk called the WALK-1. Smaller than the treadmill you may be picturing, designed to fit under your desk, the WALK-1 will get you moving at work. Research has shown that breaking out of a sedentary lifestyle and keeping in motion can improve your health and extend your life. UnSitters, as WALK-1 owners call themselves, have taken more than four million steps so far on their desk treadmills. Visit the UnSit website.


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