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Solid evidence shows that exercise exerts powerful influence over the structure, function, and development of the brain in the short- and long-term. What’s more, mental health researchers have recently begun to examine whether exercise can be a tool for individuals to manage their ADHD. Indeed, exercise is associated with increased levels of dopamine and norepinephrine — two brain chemicals also stimulated by ADHD medications to induce improved focus, motivation, and mood.

More research is needed to fully understand the exercise-ADHD connection, but there are already many reasons why children and adults with ADHD should consider exercise as a supplement to therapy and medication. I will present the latest research to shed light on the benefits of exercise for individuals with ADHD, the unique challenges of engaging in exercise when you have ADHD, and strategies for how to overcome them.

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  • “Excellent content, very accessible information, and engaging and knowledgeable expert. Thanks!”
  • “Excellent topic. I hope ADDITUDE will revisit this topic as more research is done and more information becomes available.”
  • “Very informative.  A bunch of jumping off points for research and practice.”
  • “Well put together, relatable. Very helpful webinar.”
  • “I loved the practical applications!”

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Updated on February 28, 2020



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