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How does exercise help adults with ADHD?

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Fitness can have the following benefits for adults with ADHD:

  • Ease stress and anxiety.
  • Improve impulse control and reduce compulsive behavior.
  • Enhance working memory.
  • Improve executive function. That's the set of skills needed to plan, organize, and remember details.
  • Increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor. That's a protein involved in learning and memory. It's in short supply in people with ADHD.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Can adults have ADHD?"

North Carolina State University: "Exercise and ADHD."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone: The Benefits of Physical Activity."

Archer, T. , February 2012. Neurotoxicity Research

Barkley, R.A. , Guilford Press, 2010. Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Kim, H. , October 2011. Neuroscience Letters

Pagoto, S. , September 2010. Eating and Weight Disorders

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "ADHD FAQs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Can adults have ADHD?"

North Carolina State University: "Exercise and ADHD."

CDC: "Physical Activity for Everyone: The Benefits of Physical Activity."

Archer, T. , February 2012. Neurotoxicity Research

Barkley, R.A. , Guilford Press, 2010. Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

Kim, H. , October 2011. Neuroscience Letters

Pagoto, S. , September 2010. Eating and Weight Disorders

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "ADHD FAQs."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on February 14, 2019

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