We too often tend to relegate exercise as something apart from learning and productivity, when in fact it is absolutely essential. Strong bodies mean strong minds – and that’s especially true for those of us with ADHD.
For us, staying active is not an option, but an essential part of keeping our balance. Even moderate amounts of exercise can make an enormous difference between producing a D student or an honor roll student.
In short, exercise helps to meet one’s full potential and tap into ways to optimize what I call their FastBraiin.
Some tips for maximizing FastBraiin by getting outside and getting sweaty
- The best FastBraiin exercise tends to be rooted in cardio, with intense experiences that boost the heart rate.
- Adopt at least a minimum of 30 minutes of some kind of daily exercise, complemented with quick bursts of exercise between study sessions at home.
- Build goals and purpose into the routine of exercise by helping your child to set achievable milestones to hit.
- Keep it fun! Don’t make performance the goal, as much as a stretch target to help keep your child motivated and ready to come back for more.
Of course there is no single answer to address the full complexity of ADHD. But steps such as embracing exercise and recreation can play a crucial role in building confidence and boosting learning.
How do you integrate exercise into your child’s routine and what results have you seen?