June 9, 2007

Exercise and AD/HD

Posted in ADHD, Books, Exercise, External Links, Posts by Renee, Self-Therapy at 3:57 am by bloggingawayadhd

I remember reading in the great ADD book Delivered from Distraction that exercise is not only a long-term therapy for ADD, but also an “emergency fix” – that if you are feeling your symptoms, that sometimes a burst of exercise to get out that distracting fidgety energy will do the trick.

I also read an article recently that said Yoga can help increase your body’s natural production of GABA, which has a calming effect, so I will probably do some of that next week.

For the moment, I am feeling anxious -both because I am feeling fidgety and haven’t exercised yet today, and because I am not getting as much done tonight as I wanted to. So, I think I’ll get my tennis shoes on and do a little workout. I haven’t done my 15-30 minutes of exercise yet today anyway, so I’ll also feel like I’ve accomplished a goal.

Edit: This did seem to work. About 15-20 mins after I exercised (and my heart rate came down) I did feel more focused than before.



  1. […] has found, like I have, that exercise and music can help alleviate the symptoms, too! That’s inspiration to help me get back into […]

  2. Sanchez said,

    You’ve got to check out the book ‘Spark’. It’s the same author as ‘Delivered from Distraction’, but its a got all the new scientific findings on exercise and the brain. The chapter on ADHD is terrific.

  3. bloggingawayadhd said,

    Cool, thanks for the recommendation. I’ve barely been exercising lately, and I’m noticing the difference in a negative way. Time to get back on it!

    I found the book you recommended and it’s getting great reviews on Amazon.
    Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

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