The effectiveness of exercise in managing adhd symptoms


Exercise  one of those myriad of life tasks that must get done, no matter what. The benefits of exercise are many. Exercise especially if you have ADHD is one of the best gifts you can give to your brain and body. Studies are finding out more and more how effective exercise is in managing ADHD symptoms.


A half hour session of intense exercise helps you to focus well for the next few hours. So if you have a challenging task to carry out, that requires increased focusing or analytical skills, it is a great idea to do an intense exercise session just before you carry out this task. Clients regularly report the benefits of intense exercise. A word of warning, it is important that you carry out the exercise to your fitness level and do not overdo it.

Exercise leads to increased blood flow to the brain, stimulating the release of compounds that the brain just loves, including growth factors and a substance known as brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF), which promotes growth of new brain cells (neurons). These substances keep the brain operating at peak efficiency.


Studies have found that regular exercise acts as a natural antidepressant and anti-anxiety agent. Prolonged, strenuous workouts raise bloodstream levels of endorphins, the naturally occurring opiates that diminish pain while boosting feelings of well-being. If intense exercise is not for you, walking is a great way to  boost levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which regulates our sensations of reward, motivation, and attention.

Physical activities that involve coordination, and complex movements — such as martial arts, dance, and basketball — cause connections to form between neurons in the cerebellum. That’s the region of the brain that controls, among other things, our social interactions. It’s not going too far to say that exercising can, ultimately, help us make friends.

Exercise helps you feel grounded and focused.


If you have ADHD please understand that exercise for you is just as important as eating and drinking. No excuses, you need to eat and drink daily to keep alive and healthy. You need to exercise daily to keep your brain working at optimum levels.

And when life gets busy, when your work deadlines are looming,  your exercise session is the most important task of your day.  By overlooking your exercise routine you are punishing your body and your brain.

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