Benefits of Martial Arts for ADHD

Tallahassee Families with ADHD,

Living with ADHD can be very challenging and a lot of people choose to stay medicine free due to its side effects. What can you do to help with executive function, working memory and self-regulation?

Most people may not have thought of martial arts for themselves and/or their kids, but the benefits are invaluable.

  • Improves Cognitive Function. Working memory tends to be a challenge for people diagnosed with ADHD (we will just call them ADDer’s). Working memory is your ability to remember things you recently read or were told. The new movements taught in martial arts open more neural pathways in the brain. Put simply, you make your brainer stronger or use more brain power when training in martial arts. The result, a more focused brain!
  • Improves Executive Function. Executive function is your ability to keep your life organized. The self-discipline taught in martial arts along with its military background and life kills, make it a great game changer for ADDer’s. These habits learned on the training mat most often carry over to everyday life.
  • Helps with Self-Regulation. ADDer’s often having trouble staying still or focused because they lose interest so quickly. Their brains produce smaller amounts of dopamine which is a chemical that stimulates the brain and its interest. You don’t want to depend on sugar and caffeine to stimulate your brain due to their side effects. Exercise is a much better alternative and martial arts improves your strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Improves Social Skills. Martial arts creates a great classroom environment where anyone can learn, improve at their pace and feel like they are part of the team. ADDer’s can have difficulty making friends and fitting in socially since they mature at a slower rate. Martial Art academies tend to have real positive upbeat surroundings which can really help an ADDer’s morale considering they tend to be negative and hard on themselves.

If you or your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you might look into martial arts and experience its benefits. You will quickly see and feel why so many doctors recommend martial arts to their ADHD patients.

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