286. How Can Exercise Help ADHD?

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Today’s ADHD series episode is all about exercise. We know that exercise is helpful for a variety of mental health concerns, but how exactly does it help ADHD? I break this episode into three areas:

  • Body benefits
  • Brain benefits
  • What kind of exercise is best?

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  1. Hello Dr. Sharp,

    Can you share the references for the research you referred to within this podcast on ADHD and exercise? I’m particularly interested in the study you referred to that suggested that physical activity/exercise was more beneficial for students compared to those in the classroom or studying. The take home message for me was similar to yours right away; that we need to encourage teachers to allow these students their recess rather than using that as a punishment because it’s ultimately going to backfire. I just know I’ll get some pushback on that and would love to share the research. I’ll do some digging myself as well, but wanted to check in.

    Thanks so much!

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      Sure, here’s that particular source: 1. Hillman, C.H. (2014). The relation of childhood physical activity and aerobic fitness to brain function and cognition: A review. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 79, 1-6.

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