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Importance of exercise

I have to exercise every day.  Partly out of necessity, and partly because the dogs would stage a mutiny if I didn’t walk them twice a day.  When I exercise, my ability to focus improves, and I sleep more soundly.  Exercising raises the amount of dopamine in the brain.  Since people with ADHD have a low level of dopamine, we need all the dopamine boosts we can get. 🙂

I run, swim, bike, do Pilates, yoga, work in the garden (yes, this can be a good workout), and walk the dogs (Toby and Lucy say this is most important).  I had the benefit of growing up with athletic parents, so we were always outdoors and active.  However, even if you don’t have a history of regular exercise, it’s never too late to start.  Even taking a walk around the block counts as exercise. 

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:14+00:00 April 29th, 2008|Categories: ADHD|Tags: , |Comments Off on Importance of exercise

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.