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How can exercise help kids with ADHD?

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When used along with traditional ADHD treatments such as stimulant medicines and counseling, regular fitness can have a positive impact on a child's ADHD symptoms.

Health experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every day. How they get that exercise -- bike riding, swimming, playing soccer, dancing -- doesn't really matter, but there is evidence that getting outside and spending time in nature can calm some kids with ADHD. In one study, just a 20-minute walk in the park helped kids with ADHD concentrate better.

From: Exercise for Children With ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medina, J.A. , March 2010. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chang, Y.K. , March 2012. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Gapin, J. , December 2010. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kang, K.D. , December 2011. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Gapin, J. I. , June 2011. Preventive Medicine

American Heart Association: "Physical Activity and Children."

Taylor, A.F. , March 2009. Journal of Attention Disorders

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on July 28, 2016

SOURCES:

Medina, J.A. , March 2010. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chang, Y.K. , March 2012. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Gapin, J. , December 2010. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kang, K.D. , December 2011. International Journal of Sports Medicine

Gapin, J. I. , June 2011. Preventive Medicine

American Heart Association: "Physical Activity and Children."

Taylor, A.F. , March 2009. Journal of Attention Disorders

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on July 28, 2016

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