Topic: ADHD and Exercise
April 7th 2015 Meeting Notes for the Vancouver Adult ADD Support Group
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ADHD and exercise. Exercise is the provider of dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine & beta endorphins and reducer of stress and helper that makes it easier to focus on boring tasks.
Exercise is the number one non medical way to manage ADHD
Facilitator: Pete Quily
Thanks for Kat for taking notes.
Think of a time when you got off your exercise routine and were able to get back on track. How did you do it?
Benefits of exercise:
Spark - Dr. John Ratey
general self care
working things out in your head
calms you down
4th BC ADHD Awareness Week Oct 19-25, 2015
Obstacles to exercise:
weather (including light)
lack of support
time/delusion of lack of time
belief I must do it for 1-2 hours
lack of motivation
stories we tell ourselves
don't feel like it
Solutions to some of those obstacles:
assume you will get bored, plan for it and adapt/adjust
do something totally different
exercise partners commitment
exercise group commitment
specific doable goals
do it right away
make a game out of it
put on exercise clothes
get your workout clothes prepped
create a plan
schedule time with reminders
pay up front
try something new
surround yourself with others doing the same thing
no negative self-talk/negative people
Get in pairs and identify your specific exercise goal, what your possible obstacles may be and what you will to to overcome those obstacles.
Make sure you ask your partner
What will you do?
When will you do it? later or next week is a vague adhd wish you know won't happen. Make a specific promise day and time.
How will you remember to do it?