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Natural Rx for ADHD: Another Reason to Exercise
ADHD is common among both children and adults. There is a misconception that it is mostly little boys that have the ailment, but that's because ADHD acts differently in children verses adults as well as males verses females.
Two to five million adults have been diagnosed with ADHD, with many more going undiagnosed. Another misconception is that all people with ADHD are hyperactive, and although these cases may stand out more because of the obvious disruption, there are many who are just as quiet but are still suffering inside.
If you're one of the millions of adults with ADHD, your already familiar with the symptoms. Difficulty staying focus and organized, losing things easily, being impulsive and impatient are just a few of the symptoms. If you're given variety, and not placed in a boring and mundane job, you'll probably do well. The ability to change your environment and set your own schedule is also a plus.
By working with your symptoms instead of against them, you've got a great head start at being successful. In fact, people with ADHD have been known to do some pretty incredible things when given the chance. One of those is inventor Alexander Graham Bell. He'd be surprised to find how far his invention has gone.
Famous photographer Ansel Adams, composer Beethoven, and the inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci all had ADHD. So did Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein. There is certainly no reason to be embarrassed by it, you're in good company, and it's obvious that it can spark some amazing creativity.
If you'd prefer to ease some of the more annoying symptoms naturally, rather than take synthetic medication, exercise can be the best alternative treatment there is.
Exercise can actually turn on your attention system and help you to sustain your focus and also lessens impulsivity. The chemicals that are released when you exercise helps to increase dopamine levels which helps the attention system's ability to be regular and consistent. It also increases alertness and reduces the need for new stimuli.
Exercise not only keeps you physically fit, it empowers your mind and helps to defeat feelings of helplessness that can be associated with ADHD. Sports that require a lot of concentration and focus are especially beneficial, including rock climbing and mountain biking. Skating, white-water rafting and canoeing also help to strengthen your brain and encourage it to correct mistakes. Though any exercise will be beneficial to creating a balance within you, without those negative side effects.
K.C. Dermody has been an avid runner, hiker, and yoga enthusiast for twenty years, and as a trained yoga instructor she taught a variety of students from senior citizens to competitive athletes. She enjoys combining her passion for sports, emotional and physical well-being with her love of writing.
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