Exercise Helps Manage ADHD, Depression, Addiction and More!

John Ratey, author of Spark!, has just posted a wonderful new website that explains the science behind why it's so good for people with ADHD (and also people without) to exercise.  He explains in detailed but understandable language how exercise's impact on the brain helps with ADHD, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction, age-related memory loss and more.  Go to his site to understand WHY exercise works and HOW it works for you.  It's pretty cool stuff, and might just inspire you to create not only the right exercise program for your specific needs, but one that you can stick with!  Let me give you just a couple of examples:

ADHD:  Consider taking up a sport that requires balance.  Martial arts, mountain biking, rock climbing, white water rafting are just a few that he suggests.  The science of why this is important has to do with how the attention system is connected in your brain (go read Ratey's explanation about it...)

Improved learning:  Aerobic exercise at 90% of your heart rate will help considerably.  That sounds like a lot, but when you read about the learning achievements that have happened when these sorts of programs have been put into schools you'll want to introduce the idea to your local school district!  But it's not just for kids.  For adults, there is also good evidence that exercise is correlated to cognitive function.

Depression:  Exercise, done right, is as effective as Zoloft at managing depression because exercise releases chemicals in the brain that make you feel better.

Addiction:  You'll have to just read this page for yourself because the way exercise assists in the treatment of addiction is multi-faceted.

The bottom line is this:  If your marriage is in trouble and ADHD is a factor, exercise can really help.  It can even be a fun way to make things better.  So I urge everyone to go and explore Dr. Ratey's new site to learn more and get inspired!