Exercise and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 175

We all know that exercise is good for us, for our general physical and mental health, but did you know that it specifically helps for ADD and ADHD?   Why is that?

Exercise lowers stress and is an antidpressant, so that helps, but it probably has a specific action in the brain.  Recent studies have suggested that our focusing problems, and others, reside in the basal ganglia, nuclei near the center of the brain (nuclei are collections of cells), and also the cerebellum, which sits at the back of the brain.  Interestingly, both the basal ganglia and the cerebellum are involved with the coordination of movement, and that is probably why the exercise is specifically helpful with ADD or ADHD symptoms.

We need to find phsyical activity that we actually enjoy, so that it isn’t an unpleasant chore, and we need to be gentle with ourselves and not overdo it or expect too much of ourselves.  Just do some regular exercise, and your day will go better.

Especially if you had a good night’s sleep.

doug

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About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at amazon.com, or smashwords.com (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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5 Responses to Exercise and ADD — ADD Tip o the day 175

  1. Pingback: Things that are good for ADD or ADHD — ADD Tip o the Day 300 | ADDadultstrategies

  2. Yoly says:

    I agree exercise always helps. Yoga has helped me TREMENDOUSLY, but cardio is also a great way to get lots of blood flowing to the brain. – Yoly

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  3. marc_perry@msn.com says:

    As you mention, exercise has become integral to my mental and physical health. I picture excess energy being constructively utilized and “burned up” physically, rather than all that energy remaining in the mind and creating chaos –particularly with a diagnosis of ADD. thanks for the reminder to get adequate rest/sleep, too!

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