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What are the other benefits of exercise relative to ADHD symptoms?

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Beyond helping with ADHD symptoms, exercise has several other benefits. Getting regular workouts can help you:

  • Stay at a healthy weight. That's important because evidence suggests that people with ADHD are more likely to become obese.
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
  • Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels in a normal range.
  • Strengthen your bones.
  • Improve your mood and self-esteem.

From: Adult ADHD and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

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 January 17, 2017

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 January 17, 2017

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