There are a lot of reasons to work out, but for someone who has ADD; those reasons are even more significant. While the health benefits of exercise are well known and obvious, there are a whole set of different reasons why exercises is important to someone who has ADD.
In some cases, someone who has ADD can have an addictive personality. They literally get a hold of an idea and become addicted to it. This can lead to some catastrophic consequences. However, the reverse can be true, too. Instead of becoming addicted to something that isn’t good for them, they can actually become addicted to something that is good for them-namely exercise.
Here are a few more reasons why exercise is important to people who have ADD:
- Exercise tires the body, and allows the body to rest. This will help you get a better night sleep, which in turn will help you focus better the next day.
- Exercises can cut down on the chances of suffering from depression, which is a common ailment of someone who has ADD.
- Exercises can help you relax, quiet the mind and work out any aggression or stress you may have.
Maintaining a regimen is often a challenge for ADD. As a mater of fact it is one of the major problems for people living with ADD namely staying on a diet. Exercise helps with weight loss as well as the other benefits I listed.
What Types of Exercises are best For People Who Have ADD?
Any exercise is better than none. However, most people who have ADD benefit the most from either resistance training or moderately difficult cardio training. The best way to get the most out of your workout is to combine the two in order to get the most bang for your buck.
For example, you could work on building lean muscle mass by doing resistance training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, you could work on your cardiovascular system, by doing some aerobic exercises or by using some equipment, such as a treadmill or elliptical trainer.
If you’ve never worked out before, you should seriously consider hiring a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help fashion a workout routine that fits your needs. They can also show you the proper form to use on each lift or exercise, which will cut down drastically on your chances of suffering an injury.
If you can’t afford a gym membership or don’t have the time, you can always take up a sport or hobby, such as cycling, rollerblading, walking, hiking or join a sports league. It’s extremely difficult to do something you don’t enjoy, but a lot easier to engage in an activity you do like.
If you have ADD, you’ll probably want to change your exercises routine on a regular basis. If you don’t, chances are that boredom will set in, which will eventually lead to quitting.
Exercise is one of the best methods of dealing with and treating ADD. It’s great for your body, mind and spirit. Not only can you lessen the effects of ADD, but you can look and feel great doing it.