Thursday, September 11, 2014

Exercise Helps Children with ADHD

Have you heard?  Exercise can help children with ADHD.

As many of you know, I have ADD and created Fitness for Health because I wanted to help children faced with the same challenges and assist them in achieving their maximize potential via physical fitness.
I wrote about “Exercise as Medicine for ADD and ADHD” in my blog on January 29, 2014.  And, a study published on Tuesday in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology confirms that exercise can treat the symptoms of ADHD.

The study found, “regular, half-hour sessions of aerobic activity before school helped young children with symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder become more attentive and less moody.”  Other research found that a single bout of exercise improved students’ attentions and academic success.
“This is the first large-scale demonstration of improvements in ADHD symptoms from aerobic physical activity using a randomized control trial methodology,” said Betsy Hoza, lead author of the study and professor of psychological science at the University of Vermont.  “This shows promise as a new avenue of treatment for ADHD but more work needs to be done before we know for sure if it really is.”

If you or a loved one have ADD or ADHD, the daily demands of school, work and family can seem overwhelming. But, by using exercise as a “medicine,” you can become more organized, better able to concentrate and use your newfound focus to tackle new challenges.
To learn how Fitness for Health helps children and adults with ADD and ADHD improve their cognitive abilities through exercise, visit www.FitnessForHealth.org or call 301-231-7138 to schedule a free tour of our facility.


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