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Exercise and the ADHD Brain: The Neuroscience of Movement

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ADHD treatment. “Exercise turns on the attention system, the so-called executive functions — sequencing, working memory, prioritizing, inhibiting, and sustaining attention,” says Ratey, author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (#CommissionsEarned) (Little, Brown). “On a practical level, it causes kids to be less impulsive, which makes them more primed to learn.”The latest news about exercise and ADHD is that it helps kids with the condition push through past failures and attack things they didn’t succeed at before. “The refrain of many kids with ADHD is, ‘No matter what I do, I’m going to fail,'” says Ratey. “Rat studies show that exercise reduces learned helplessness.

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