Exercise used to be just about sculpting our bodies, burning calories, and improving our physical health. Now research has shown that we also need exercise for a healthy brain. If you have ADHD, regular exercise may be especially helpful since it can improve focus and cognitive processing.
The latest trend in workout classes integrates Mindfulness during high-intensity intervals. Practicing Mindfulness brings awareness to our state of mind and directs our focus to the present moment. A pilot study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found that Mindfulness Therapy can significantly reduce ADHD symptoms and improve executive functioning in adults with ADHD.
An article by Self states that research indicates we can improve our brain health by bringing together our mind and body during workout routines. The technique consists of strategically timed introspective moments to bring awareness to how you feel and acknowledging the energy in your own body. Other classes begin and end with a meditation period - the intent being to leave you in a happier and calmer state of mind.
Sports psychologist, Ariane Machin, Ph.D., states “I think some people are more comfortable with meditation through repetitive movement and cueing as opposed to just sitting still.” Many people with ADHD struggle with restlessness and this Mindfulness+Exercise formula seems like an ideal solution. Another benefit is this combination increased the likelihood of staying consistent. If you leave your workout in a more positive state, you will also be more likely to continue the class rather than dropping out.
Some exercises that typically include Mindfulness are Yoga and Martial Arts. You will need to try different classes to discover what method and instructor suits you best. It is also advised that you should consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
Play Attention integrates Mindfulness and Cognitive Training. Our feedback technology allows you to control the cognitive exercises by your attentive state alone. This brings your mind into the present moment while improving Self-Regulation. Call 800-788-6786 for a free Consultation and ADHD Assessment.