How Exercise Impacts Kids with ADHD



Most people agree that exercising is good for the body, but what are the real benefits for the mind? One study titled, Effects of the FITKids Randomized Controlled Trial on Executive Control and Brain Function takes a look at how exercise can actually diminish the symptoms of ADHD.

To truly appreciate this finding, one must first understand the severity of the symptoms that children with ADHD regularly face.

Common symptoms:

  • Inability to focus on tasks
  • Difficulty transition from one task to the next
  • Impulsiveness
  • Difficulty “thinking through” decisions and behaviors
  • Constant movement (fidgety)

It’s no secret that children with ADHD often times have difficulties in traditional school settings and may have problems with social interaction. Sometimes they struggle with paying attention in class or may have problems conversing with friends because their focus is scattered.

There are medications available, that effectively increase norepinephrine and dopamine, which play essential roles in thinking and attention, therefore reducing ADHD symptoms and increasing the ability to focus.  Unfortunately, medications often come with negative side effects and serious risks.  However, exercise increases dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels in the brain naturally, which means exercise can have a similar effect on the brain as medication, but without the negative risks.

If exercise could greatly reduce such symptoms then this could be an incredible option for children to help them get through the school day and develop better social skills.

The study indicated that children in kindergarten through second grade who are exposed to at least 30 minutes of rigorous activity per day experienced a positive impact on their mood and an increased ability to focus.

This is exciting news for children who have ADHD.  An increase in focus and mood is something that all children, with or without ADHD can benefit from. Not to mention, it could help instill healthy habits and help children avoid obesity or other health concerns.

Options for Exercise

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