Date :Sunday, October 19th, 2014 | Time : 16:08 |ID: 16217 | Print

Recent studies are now showing that regular exercise can help relieve ADHD symptoms!

SHAFAQNA –  According to statistics, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that most often occurs in children. Approximately 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. Moreover, 6.1% of children are being treated with ADHD with medication and there has been a 42% increase in ADHD diagnosis in the last 8 years! (1)

Recent studies are now showing that regular exercise can help relieve ADHD symptoms!

Exercise is a powerful tool for ADHD.

The Atlantic recently published an article with a new research that reported, “exercise is ADHD medication,” and should be “prescribed” to any child who is struggling to maintain focus and resist distractions at school or anywhere else in life. (2)

A brain activity photo revealed a tremendous difference between active versus non-active ADHD children. The scan revealed greater amplitude of increased activity (red scans showing) in active ADHD children and a lower amplitude (blue scans showing) in non-active ADHD children. There was a striking difference! (2)

The most recent research in the journal Pediatrics discovered that children who actually engaged in regular exercise reported an improved cognitive performance and brain function. More specifically, children showed improvements in executive control, which includes the ability to focus, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. (3)

Exercise not only reduces ADHD symptoms, but increased school performances as well!

Children suffering from ADHD have the tendency to perform poorly in school, which is the main reason why many parents consider medication. (4) However, the good news is that exercise have been shown to boost test scores and academic performance in children.

The association is very strong according to one study that found the before- and after-school physical activity program reduced inattention and moodiness among young children at risk for ADHD, as well as a shown improvement scores in math and reading. (4,5) In addition, other research revealed that only 26 minutes of physical activity daily could help significantly reduce ADHD symptoms in grade-schoolers. (6)

The number of prescriptions increased from 34.8 to 48.4 million between 2007 and 2011 alone. Quite ironically researchers showed some reservations, as The Atlantic puts it, “If physical activity is established as an effective intervention for ADHD, it will also be important to address possible complementary effects of physical activity and existing treatments strategies…” (2)

It is clear that exercise is a low-cost, safe, and offers positive “side effect” contrary to ADHD medications. (4) After all, kids were designed to move anyways, right?

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