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Can exercise help with ADHD?

My son has a hard time focusing in school. He might be ADHD but I want to see if exercise helps with his symptoms.

Asked 9 years ago by jdriver
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Answered 9 years ago

Exercise doesn’t cure ADHD. However, it can play a vital role in a multi-model treatment plan. Exercise is also one of six important lifestyle changes recommended by Edward M. Hallowell in his book Driven from Distraction. The other five? Positive human contact, reduce electronics, sleep, diet and prayer/meditation.

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Answered 9 years ago

The answer is yes. Indeed many famous athletes have ADHD, including Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan, Bruce Jenner, Peter Rose and Terry Bradshaw. Whereas many of these athletes struggled in school, they were able to pour their attention into something they really loved—sports.

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Answered 9 years ago

I agree. Exercise increases blood (and oxygen) to the brain and consequently stimulates the release of neurotransmitters. It is also known to reduce anxiety and depression.

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