Researchers link exercise and self-control in ADHD

An NTNU research team found that children with ADHD who exercised twice a week performed better at a common test of self-control.

A group of Taiwanese researchers has established a link between routine physical activity and improved self-control for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), expressing hope that exercise might one day replace medication for the common childhood behavioral disorder.

The research team said people with ADHD have relatively lower levels of dopamine, a chemical messenger in the brain that regulates behavior, mood and concentration, leaving many dependent on dopamine-boosting drugs to improve their capabilities.

Exercise has been proven to help spark dopamine production. So, the research team advises the parents of children with ADHD to make exercise — such as rope jumping and jogging —part of their kids’ daily routine, as physical exertion could provide a calming effect and help improve the youths concentration.

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