Fight ADHD Stigma With Early Morning Workouts For Your Kids


School can be difficult for young children, stuck in a chair for hours each day, having to listen to teachers go on and on about things that aren’t the most riveting. But, now think about the additional challenge that young kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) must endure.

Luckily for children (and their instructors), early-morning aerobic workouts could lower their symptoms of ADHD, admits research placed in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. During a time period of three months, the researchers examined 200 children who were elementary-school aged.

While their findings pointed to the idea that all participants experience improvements, started Alan Smith, chairperson of Michigan State University’s department of kinesiology, children who had ADHD risk that got exercise, benefited across a greater range of potential results than children who took part in more sedentary activities, he went on. Early ADHD signs include, but are not limited to, poor attention spans, moodiness, and trouble getting along well with their peers.

Actually, gym class gives every young kid a mental perk. According to Jordan D. Metzl, MD, sports medicine physician and author of The Exercise Cure, “Physical activity to start the day is a great way to wake up your brain and body, no matter how old you are.” Metzl says physical activity means raising up your heart rate for at least 20 or 30 minutes. Although we currently live in a world that is more used to giving Ritalin to each and every kid who can’t sit still, he continues, what needs to be happening is our children running around outside more. This is particularly troublesome in a nation where we are getting fatter and fatter, and physical education programs are slowly being filtered out of schools, he admits.

As a possible solution, Dr. Metzl started the Iron Kids app, which has loads of exercises and resources to help get kids moving again. Also, it teaches child safety by showing the proper way of performing strength-training exercises. Dr. Metzl promises that this app is very valuable for children even as young as eight.

If you don’t know what workouts your child should be doing, ask your doctor which workouts are appropriate for young children. 

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