Exercise and sleep help us function better if we have ADD or ADHD.
Strategies for exercise:
A: Make sure it’s not a chore, an unpleasant task. B: Make it a priority. C: Make it a routine, a habit.
1. Find something you like or at least don’t dislike. Mine is made easier because it’s when I get to watch the tv programs I want, while I do treadmill or weights. Hate pushups, so I never do them.
2. Set reasonable goals – so it’s not unpleasant. Don’t overdo it and wear your self out or make yourself too sore. Feeling good afterwards is positive reinforcement.
3. How important is it to you? We need to make it a priority, also a habit, also a routine. So I exercise every day, at a specific time, right after breakfast (cue, anchor) and before I brush my teeth(which is also a habit -I don’t have to decide whether to do it or not.) Every day – except when I don’t. The days I fish or get a massage, then I make it up later in the day – sometimes. Telling myself I do it every day helps make it routine, and I will automatically do it unless there is a compelling interference. So there is (almost) nothing “more important”.
4. Alternate – I do the weights one day and the treadmill the other. Less boring, feels less like a chore, better for the body.
5. Keep a record, easily visible – positive reinforcement, motivation when you drop behind, and being responsible. Similarly, you might exercise with others, or at least keep someone else informed of your accomplishments. Maybe post them?
6. Rewards – at least pat yourself on the back when you’re done, but you might plan something bigger and more concrete -an ice cream cone for desert, or a weekend movie if you’ve reached your goal.
Do you have some other strategies? – please comment
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