Become an Elite Mental Athlete
This is a fairly pointless book. I was hoping for more tips on how to improve my mental game; perhaps how to increase my memorization skills or recall acuity or problem-solving acumen. Instead this is a quick recap of the most basic ingredients for good health. Granted, this book is written to read quickly (it does), and granted, physical health and mental health are both dependent on the same things. I do not argue with the prescriptions. I just feel that the book states the obvious, without even any attempt at addressing ways to do what you already know you need to do. For example, in the chapter on Exercise, the author cheers the reader on with statistics that show exercising is better for the brain, and that people should do it because they perform worse without it. That is fairly self-evident; at least few people argue that point anymore; but how to fit it in, or how to motivate yourself to do it is always the sticky point. Similar sections encourage you to (guess what?) get enough sleep, manage stress, and eat healthy foods. The remaining chapters continue with the self-evident. The points are valid, but in no way illuminating.
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