Episode 10: Why Exercise Is So Important For The ADHD Brain
We all know that exercise is good for us – but can exercise take the place of ADHD meds? You’ll love to hear about Tracy’s fitness routine and how she incorporates it into her day. What we often don’t think of is how exercise helps with focus, anxiety, mood, etc. It’s not just for looking great! Today, we are going to learn how exercise can help us feel better and start the day off right.
Why does exercise make us feel better?
Hear Tracy speak to the connection between exercise and a reduction in not only ADHD symptoms but also anxiety and depression.
Tracy shares the issues with our culture – sitting for long periods of time, eating crap, and how the first line of defense for mental health issues seems to be medication. Hear how exercise may benefit our mental health and with no side effects! The connections may surprise you!
How does exercise help your brain? Tracy shares some fascinating facts you won’t want to miss from John Ratey's book Spark.
Tracy has always exercised and she thinks that that's what helped her focus in school – but her motivation definitely changed from looking good to feeling good.
Could exercise work better than medication for those with ADHD? Hear Tracy’s scientific explanation.
How does exercise improve our ability to learn? Listen as Tracy uses a scientific study to show how extreme the results can truly be. You definitely won’t want to miss this.
Hear how exercise primes the brain for learning and changes the brain’s neurotransmitters, protein growth, and neurogenesis. Hear how you can continue to grow your brain, all throughout your life.
Should individuals with ADHD become karate masters? Learn how structured activities, such as martial arts, ballet, and even skateboarding along with aerobic exercise help those with ADHD focus and learn better.
Could exercise decrease the need for medication or get rid of the need all together? Hear the science behind it all as Tracy explains how the chemistry in the brain can vastly change with exercise.
Is exercise timing important? Hear Tracy’s discovery in her personal life, and through scientific research.
Listen as Tracy explains the importance of nature, sleep, exercise, and balancing them all together.
Can you even learn while you exercise? If you’re listening to this podcast in the gym, you may already be there!
Tracy shares how nicotine can help us focus but it's unique in that it reduces anxiety as well – but since it is not healthy – Tracy shares how we can cut out nicotine, improve our focus, and live our best life for a long, long time.
Host Tracy Otsuka is a lawyer, not a doctor, a life-long student, not a coach. She’s also the creator of Coretography a patent pending system that helps smart, driven women understand their own unique ADHD brain and use it to their advantage.
Tracy will be talking about ADHD. Your super powers, your symptoms, your solutions and work-arounds and how you proudly stand out. Tracy credits ADHD for some of her superpowers and much of her success in life.