While there is currently no cure for ADHD, other studies have shown that overall, exercise improves ADHD symptoms. In fact, all you may need is 30 minutes on a treadmill and you could significantly reduce your ADHD symptoms.
The causes of ADHD are thought to be physical in nature and related at least in part to brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters. One chemical in particular, dopamine, may play a large role in the disorder because it is linked to mood, attention and learning. Dopamine is also linked to physical exercise so it makes sense that researchers are looking for a relationship between ADHD and exercise. One recent study published in the Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation looked at some of the specifics of how a treadmill can be used to help relieve ADHD symptoms.
Researchers looked at rats with ADHD in comparison to rats without ADHD. They also compared three different treadmill times: 10 minutes, 30 minutes and 60 minutes. What they discovered was that there was a significant reduction in ADHD symptoms in the rats that exercised on a treadmill every day for 30 minutes. There was almost no improvement in learning ability and hyperactivity symptoms in the 10 minute per day exercise group and staying on the treadmill for 60 minutes was not as effective as just 30 minutes for symptom relief.
Note that most of the studies used participants who are also on ADHD medication in addition to the exercise therapy.
The link between exercise and other ADHD treatments will be one of the next frontiers to be explored. In the meantime, adding 30 minutes a day of treadmill time could have a big impact in reducing your symptoms.** See More Helpful Articles**
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., is a freelance health writer and the C.E.O. of Tracy’s Smoothie Place. She serves as the expert on a weekly radio show about health and wellness and is the author of Making Life Better for a Baby with Acid Reflux and multiple articles about the cost of caregiving. Learn more about Tracy and what healthy living services and products she can offer on her website. She can also be found on Twitter and Instagram @drinksmoothies.