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Solving Your Kid’s Attention Deficit Disorder – Daily Exercise Ideas That Build Focus

18/05/2018
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Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have very limited attention spans. They easily get distracted by anything at any given moment. This issue has become a major problem for most parents, as they easily get frustrated with their children. If you are among the parents who are dealing with an ADHD-diagnosed child, one thing to solve your problem is to help them get better at paying attention. Sitting down and lecturing them isn’t going to work, so what you need to do is incorporate the physical in education. This article will talk about ADHD Children Exercise.

A study by the University of Illinois in the United States concluded that 30-40 minutes of exercise before the school could help children with ADHD focus more and manage their moods accurately. The study even claims that regular exercise can decrease or also eliminate the need for stimulants. In this article, you will learn why it works, and how to incorporate physical activities into all areas of your ADHD child’s life.

How & Why Exercise Helps ADHD Children?

Exercise boosts and improves the neurotransmitters of the brain, which are chemicals that the majority of people with ADHD lack. In addition to that, exercise also stimulates BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) proteins, which directly factors towards higher levels of learning. All of this simply indicates that doing physical activities balances the brains neurochemicals, helping it make stronger connections, making your child focus and remember more.

a group of chidlren doing exercise in the field

Exercise With Stimulation

Physical activities can set the brain up for learning, and simulating it using environmental enrichment helps with making the critical connections happen. Kids with ADHD who are stimulated after an exercise encourages their newly developed cells to plug into their brain’s communication network and become members of the signalling team. Daily physical activity should do the trick, and can even make who lot of difference.

Let Mother Nature Help

Nature can positively impact children, especially the one with ADHD. Exposure to outdoor activities can significantly boost their ability to focus and concentrate. Take your child to a park full of trees, or even go camping or fishing with them from time to time. With mother nature by your side, kids can recover from symptoms like attention fatigue, along with improving their patience and impulse control. Long story short, mother nature helps to treat your ADHD.

a man and a child doing walking exercise field with nature

Exercising Improves Sleep

A physically active ADHD child has also been found to sleep better. Exercise helps the body transition from different stages of sleep, and physical exhaustion increases the amount of time we spend in deep sleep. A half-hour spent on running around, climbing the monkey bars or biking in the neighbourhood can equate towards a good night’s sleep and less anxiety, crankiness and stress the next day.

Exercising Before School

Kids treat school like their ultimate nemesis because it has all the things they hate. But with exercise, they can learn to love school. Exercising ease kids’ anxiety and prime their brain for learning. Accompanying your child while you walk the dog in the morning, or going with them for an early morning run can be great morning routines that help control their ADHD symptoms. If the weather is bad outside, they can do indoor physical activities like stationary exercises or jumping rope can help. You can even teach them how to do yoga, or martial arts, it’s all up to you

a girl child playing with the dog

Exercising In School

Kids with ADHD perform their best when constant movement is incorporated into their daily activities. Tell your child’s teacher to let him move around the room or help with handing out papers, or delivering messages. Doing so will also help them feel special, which boosts their overall confidence in school.

At Home

The biggest mistake that most parents do to discipline their ADHD child is to expose them to technology. While it does help them focus, it cannot help solve his or her anxiety or confidence issues. Instead of handing them the remote control or joystick when they come home, make sure the kids get off the couch after school. Incorporate a minimum of 30 minutes on doing physical activities before they can play their video games or do their homework. An after-school swimming lesson, or karate class, or even playing sports is a great idea. Keep in mind that walking from school works as well. Ask your child what he’s been learning in P.E., and encourage him to practice and improve these skills. If your child shows signs that he needs other people to get physical, you can schedule a playdate with his friends. Kids are less likely to be sedentary when they have their friend’s over, or when they’re at someone else’s house.

Let Them Sign Up For Sports

Not only sports improve a child’s focus, but also give them the confidence they need and help them achieve goals. Any sport that involves running or sprinting can improve your child’s executive functions. But keep in mind that other skill-based activities like karate, yoga, gymnastics, and karate can help build brain connections.


Solve Your Child’s ADHD — Physically

There’s no doubt that exercise creates a sense of wellbeing on any child with ADHD. It provides a whole new level of perception and concentration that cannot be matched by any other treatment or medication. If your kid shows no sign of improvement after ADHD treatment, they need a little physical activity.

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