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Exercise and ADHD

Most of us think of exercise as means to shed pounds, the good news is that while trimming our bodies, we are also waking up our brains. Studies have shown that as you exercise you are actually influencing your dopaminergic and noradrenergic systems which is the target of many stimulant medications used to manage ADHD.

Aside from being good for your overall health, exercise improves focus.

Is exercise a substitute for stimulant medications? No, if you have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis or you are suspicious that you might, it is important that you are assessed and evaluated by a specialist. Exercise is not a substitute for stimulant medication but it can give you an added edge.

Types of exercises that you can try:

  • kickboxing

  • zumba

  • hip-hop dance class

  • organized sports (join a local team)

  • jumping on a trampoline, etc.

Pairing up with a friend to work out is a great way to keep both of you accountable and add a little encouragement along the way!

If your life is too busy and you find yourself with no time to workout, something as simple as a power walk at work around your building during breaks, use the stairs.


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