Exercise Tips for ADHD Infographic
Research suggests that aerobic exercise helps ADHD symptoms and may be one of the most useful if not essential non-medication practices to incorporate into your day. This Exercise Tips for Adults With ADHD Infographic shares some ideas to help you add a regular exercise routine to your life.
Explore These 8 Exercise Tips for ADHD Infographic and reap the healthy rewards!
1. START SLOW.
Walk before you run – both metaphorically and literally.
If you’re not used to a ton of physical activity, take it easy in the beginning. The biggest pitfall is either quitting too soon before habits have taken hold, or an injury by doing too much too soon. Learn more tips on the blog.
2. FOLLOW THE LEADER.
There is a plethora of exercise and fitness apps that have done the heavy lifting for you. (Pun IS intended!)
Nearly every phone and service provider has SO MUCH free fitness content. Following a pre-planned program takes the guesswork out of what to do in a workout and helps you get started.
3. CHANGE IT UP.
Change up your routine and give yourself plenty of options.
ADHD adults can get easily bored with the same old routine. And boredom makes it easier to quit. Instead, design a menu of workouts to stay fresh and novel!
4. HAVE FUN!
Building fun into anything boosts your ability to do it again.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a strict 30-minute run on the treadmill to nowhere. Anything that gets your heart rate up works to boost your brain!
5. INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Having company makes workouts seem less like “work” and more like quality time together.
Exercise helps ADHD symptoms, but it isn’t just for those with ADHD. Since everyone can benefit, schedule time with others to stay motivated and connect with others as well.
6. SEIZE THE MOMENT.
Heightened awareness can help you find a choice point where you can do something different.
Exercise doesn’t always need to be a scheduled, locked-in activity. Instead of mindlessly scrolling, press your internal pause button. Then use that pause point as a pivot (cue) to get up and move.
7. SET ALARMS AND REMINDERS.
Time your workouts at a convenient time for you to stay consistent.
In the beginning, it may be hard for you to remember to exercise. To get going, set a regular time each day to work out. Setting reminder alarms is a great practice. Before long, exercise will just become another part of your daily routine!
8. CONSISTENCY IS BEST
Each day offers endless choices.
Habits can be hard to create so start with the desired behavior you can manage and measure. Daily step goals work this way and help you measure and monitor for consistency. If you fall off the wagon, no worries, just decide to press the daily reset and try again tomorrow.
Read the full blog post here: How Aerobic Exercise Helps ADHD Symptoms for Adults for even more information and guidance.