Exercise is great for the brain. When we exercise our brains release neurotransmitters. One neurotransmitter specifically which is released by the brain during exercise is dopamine. People who have ADHD have less dopamine than usual in their brains. Typical ADHD medications help to increase the supply of dopamine to the brain.
Exercise can have many of the benefits of medications designed for ADHD.
Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes per day and 5-7 days per week supports maximum brain function. Moderate exercise can be anything from briskly walking to complete physical training.
Exercise also primes our bodies for enthusiasm and living life fully. Putting our heart into living a great life is easier when our hearts are strong.
It is important to make certain that you are making nutrition and hydrating part of your exercise practice. Please see our Nutrition page to learn more about supporting the ADHD mind and body with food.
It is important to check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your readiness for exercise. Dr. Flaton is a great resource for wellness.
Please email us if you need any assistance with getting yourself on your fitness path.