The Connection Between Exercise and ADHD

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Do you know the link between simple exercise and ADHD? While most people only think of medications to control ADHD symptoms, simple exercise has been shown to not only improve thinking ability, but may also help the symptoms of adult ADHD as well.

Exercise turns on the attention system and lessens impulsivity and stress, helping those with ADHD to be regular and consistent. How does this work for the ADHD brain? When you walk, run, do a set of jumping jacks or pushups, your brain releases several important chemicals, like endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. These brain chemicals affect focus and attention, which are in short supply in those with ADHD.

You can derive these benefits in as little as 30 minutes of walking 4-5 times a week, and you may even notice some changes in your brain in only a few days! And while it doesn't matter what type of exercise you do, you can boost the results by participating in team sports which require working with others, or do activities like yoga, karate, and gymnastics which require the need to pay attention to your movements.

The best news is that it doesn't matter what you do, just that you move and get your heart is pumping. Then you'll start to see real benefits for your ADHD symptoms.

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Until Next Time...

Take Care,

Nikki

Sources of information on link between exercise and ADHD:

AdditudeMag.com  

HealthCentral.com

WebMD.com