Benefits of Exercise

Nowadays, there’s a lot of information out there about exercise, the benefits, and such. Many people take part in some form of exercise. 

For some with ADHD, exercise can have some added benefits. And this is the focus for today’s blog post.

Benefits of Exercise

We are all aware that regular exercise is important and good for our health, both physically and mentally. It is something that most, if not all, of us have heard before. 

There are so many different ways that people can exercise. There’s jogging, swimming, yoga, boxing, and just so many other ways. So many options to choose from. 

Here are some benefits of exercise and physical activities. 

  • Helps with weight management. This is one reason why many start exercising more. To be able to lose some weight, or manage their weight.
  • Improve our mood. Exercise is a good way to improve our moods and feel better. 
  • Energy levels. Those who exercise and are physically active find themselves having more energy. 
  • Reduce risk of some chronic disease. Exercise can lower the risk of getting certain diseases, such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. 
  • Brain health and memory. Being active does have a positive impact on our brain health and memory. It can improve them. 

There are so many more, but these are just some of the benefits to give you an idea. These are just some ways that exercise can help someone’s health, whether they are neurotypical or neurodivergent.

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Exercise & ADHD Brain

When it comes to the ADHD brain, there are some other ways that exercise can be beneficial. Here are some examples of the impact that exercise can have on those with ADHD.

  • Improve executive functions. Those with ADHD do struggle with executive functions, such as planning, organizing, working memory, for example. Exercise can help ADHDers have an easier time with executive functions.
  • Improve impulse control. Impulsivity is a common symptom of ADHD. Exercise can help control and manage our impulsivity better.
  • Helps with our focus and attention. Many ADHDers find that they have an easier time paying attention and focus, after they’ve done some form of physical activity.
  • Promote dopamine release. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is in charge of feelings of pleasure and rewards. Those with ADHD have lower dopamine levels than the neurotypical brain.
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My Own Experience

Like many with ADHD, I have found that doing some form of exercise and physical activity has helped me. 

Through my teens, I took some dance classes. Looking back, I remember having an easier time with some things, like paying attention, or focusing on a task, after I finished class.

After that I didn’t do much in the way of exercising or physical activity.

It’s only about 4 years ago when I began working out from home. I have been pretty consistent and have noticed some changes and improvements. 

I do feel better after working out. It helps my mood. I am able to focus and pay attention better, after working out or going for a walk.

I am definitely glad that I found some way of exercising that works for me. There are so many reasons to exercise and find something that works for you.

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