ADDitude ADHD Experts Podcast

Listen to “The Exercise Rx for ADHD” with John J. Ratey, M.D.

Tune in to hear John J. Ratey, M.D., explain how to use movement to ease symptoms of ADHD. Powerful evidence shows that exercise improves not only physical health, but attention, working memory, behavior, mood, and executive functions.

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healthy lifestyle young sporty asian woman running at tropical park

Listen to “The Exercise Rx for ADHD” with John J. Ratey, M.D.

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Powerful evidence shows that exercise helps children and adults manage their symptoms of ADHD. Movement turns on the brain’s attention networks and eases other symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity. In short, physical activity benefits the ADHD brain by elevating levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, two chemicals linked to attention.

A steady diet of movement and vigorous play also has a positive effect on behavior and motivation, resulting in better school performance and better self-esteem. What’s more, studies suggest that exercise can reduce addictive behaviors — from excessive screen time to vaping and marijuana use. Overall, physical activity is a go-to treatment that parents and adults can use to better their lives with ADHD.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Excellent webinar! I plan to use some of the ideas — and to look at some of the your webinars ASAP! Thank you!”
  • “I always get valuable information from your webinars that can be used effectively in the classroom. It really helps when dealing with my ASD/ADHD students.”
  • “Great job! I’m so glad I was able to connect with this webinar and the information. Dr Ratey is always so good with explaining situations and providing a clear perspective.”

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John Ratey, M.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on February 28, 2019. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on February 6, 2020

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