1) Increases Productivity
Billionaire ADHDer, Richard Branson, says that on days he exercises on he has 4 extra hours of productivity. Perfect proof that time spent exercising is an investment not an expenditure.
2) Allows you to focus on the task at hand
Try this experiment, next time you are sitting down trying to focus on a task, but just can’t. Get up and do 30 push ups or go for a run around the block. Now, sit down again. I bet you are able to focus and get that task done in record breaking time! This is because brain activities (like focusing and paying attention) are fed with oxygen and aerobic exercise increases the amount of oxygen in the brain.
In his book, Spark: The revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Dr John Ratey, says exercise can be a substitute for stimulant medication for some people or a complementary treatment for others.
4) Reduces Depression
There is a large amount of research showing that exercise is very effective in treating mild to moderate depression. Exercise seems to affect certain neurotransmitter systems in the same way that taking an antidepressant does. As one out of four ADHD adults suffer with depression, this is a great reason to pop on your sneakers.
5) Helps anxiety
Anxiety is helped by exercise both immediately and in the long term. This is great to know since 50 percent of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder.
6) Improves learning and Academic results
When a school in Naperville included daily exercise in their students curriculum weight loss problems went down and Academic achievements up.
7) Aids Sleep
Getting regular exercise improves the quality of sleep, helps you fall asleep quickly when you climb into bed and reduces sleepiness during the day.
8) Increases Confidence
Research from the Journal of Health Psychology showed when people with low self confidence exercised their self esteem improved. This is brilliant news as many adults with ADD have low levels of self esteem.
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