Agent: Kari Gormley
Agent Activities: Founder of The Running Lifestyle and the Running Lifestyle Show (podcast)
QUAKE Books Bonus Content: Video discussion
Author(s): John Ratey, MD, and Richard Manning
Report Published: 24th May 2016
Go Wild is Dr. John Ratey’s, newest book that goes one step further than Spark! The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by showing us the science behind our basic human need to do exercise in the wild. It is both a “bible” and ultimate “cookbook” that enables you to enjoy a happy life, through a healthy mind and body.
In the book, Ratey and Manning talk at length about the significance of redesigning our lives in light of the optimal working conditions we can achieve when we are wholly connected to Nature – in the way we eat, move and relax. In other words, exercise indoors is good but exercise outside with your tribe, is so much better.
Through inspirational stories and bone shaking quotes, this book highlights six ingredients (I won’t spoil it for you, just make sure you grab a copy of Go Wild), which when combined will revolutionize your life and bring you onto a path of complete wellness: mental, physical and spiritual.
In other words, if you are looking for reasons “why” and easy to follow recipes, which describe step by step how to take care of yourself and your tribe, live your dreams while finding inner tranquility and enjoy what Nature has to offer you in all its fullness, then I invite you to follow my lead and read this book!
“Remember, too, that this is not about a single intervention; it’s more about building a foundation for life.”
“It is about attention and awareness of the here and now, which is precisely what wild people need in order to survive in a state of nature.”
“You are born to move with grace, born to embrace novelty and variety, born to crave wide-open spaces, and, above all, born to love. But one of the more profound facts that will emerge is that you are born to heal.”
My QUAKE moment came when Dr. Ratey said, “Exercise in nature is exercise squared.” Since reading that sentence I have made it a priority to go outside with friends, to walk or run often – even when it’s cold out, raining, or frankly when I just don’t feel like it. And there are many times when I really don’t want to! But when that happens, I just think back to that bookquake and I push myself to leave the house because I know I’ll be in a better mood when I walk back through the front door.
The quake moment was so strong that I reference Dr. Ratey on almost every episode of my podcast because his research and books have helped me become a stronger person. It’s so easy to get caught up with taking care of everyone else, but at the end of the day, we’re ultimately responsible for taking care of ourselves. For one thing, sleep is the foundation to everything. It’s tough to have energy to eat properly, get outside and exercise, be with your tribe, and to meditate if you are exhausted!
Since reading Go Wild I have actively looked for excuses to get out and about. My son and I spend more quality time together and even walk the neighbor’s, dogs together. What can I say? When you look to fill all six cups of “ingredients,” you find creative ways to double, or in this case, triple up!
Thanks to the book, I have relished a nine-month meditation (not a baby!) practice. If I weren’t combining all of the ingredients to live a life full of wellness, I know I wouldn’t be as happy, productive, and empowered as I am today, especially given that I’ve been injured for months. Currently it’s not possible for me to run, and that is really what I love to do… so thank you Dr. Ratey and Mr Manning for helping me stay centered!