Exercise improves blood flow and memory; it stimulates chemical changes in the brain that enhance learning, mood and thinking. Exercise is important for everyone but especially if you have ADHD.
“Think of exercise as medication,” says John Ratey, M.D., an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. “For a very small handful of people with attention deficit disorder, it may actually be a replacement for stimulants, but, for most, it’s complementary — something they should absolutely do, along with taking meds, to help increase attention and improve mood.”
Let's get moving!
Write numbers 1 - 8 on individual slips of paper. Each number corresponds with one of the ways to move listed below. Place the numbers in a hat, box, or bag. Each day, or a couple of times per day, draw a random number. The number indicates what movement you will do! Work at your own pace and only play/move as long as is comfortable for you! If you have any time constraints set a timer. Remember to smile and have fun! (Science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift your mood, lower stress, boost your immune system and possibly even prolong your life.)
Let go! These movements are great for every age!
1. Play Catch.
2. Jump Rope.
4. Turn on Music & Dance.
5. Play Frisbee.
6. Walk Yourself and/or the Dog.
7. Playground Playtime.
8. Tag, You're It! Pay tag!
Do you have more ideas? Add your ideas to the list and increase the number of movements to draw from!