Does Fit Body = Fit Mind? The Connection Between Concentration & Fitness

by on October 10th, 2011 at 10:37 am

Our fast-paced schedules usually leave little room for physical activity. However, staying physically fit is an important component in overcoming concentration problems.

A person’s level of fitness impacts the ability to concentrate, focus, and work/study, and a healthy, active body can help ensure that mental performance will be even better.

For parents, encourage your kids to take a break when they arrive home from school. With many schools cutting back on recess, kids need to be allowed a period of movement to expend the energy that has pent-up through the day at their desks.

Research has shown that children who play perform better academically, with an increased ability to stay focused and on task. They are less fidgety, and show improved overall behavior.

However, the benefits of exercise applies to all children and adults, including those who do not suffer from learning and concentration difficulties.

Recreation allows for physical and social development in people of all ages, helping to prevent or fight obesity, maintaining positive mood by relieving stress, and improving relationships-which therefore have a great impact on self-esteem and emotional happiness.

Although recommendations vary, the best evidence suggests that just 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise 4x a week accrues as many benefits to health as prolonged or frequent activity.

Does even that sound daunting? If you’ve been out of the exercise loop, don’t stress. Becoming healthy should be a long-term goal, so don’t put pressure on yourself or your kids to become super athletes overnight.

  • Get in Motivation Mode. Work up to your goal. However, especially for those challenged with time management skills, putting in a little extra effort may be necessary to kick-start your fitness plan.
  • Make Time. Plan out three chunks of time a week (evenings, long lunch breaks, mornings, etc.) that work for your schedule or your family. Write out exercise time on your calendar and stick to it, just like it’s any other appointment. If you find that you want to add more time, do so.
  • Track Progress. Keep it simple, but write down when you exercise. Give your kids a little calendar to mark the days they participated in some form of physical activity. This will not only keep you on track, but allow you and your kids to see progress. It doesn’t have to be detailed down to heart rate or miles jogged… just a simple ‘x’ off the task can provide the satisfaction needed to keep it up.
  • Adopt a Holistic Lifestyle. Exercise alone cannot be viewed as a cure-all for concentration problems, but it certainly helps! Incorporating changes in lifestyle overall, including diet, sleep, water intake, surroundings and emotional elements, can also be very beneficial in promoting overall health.
  • Have a Backup Plan & Leave Room for “Error”. Most ADHD-challenged adults and kids hate routine, so feel free to add some flexibility to your allotted workout times. However, don’t let procrastination interfere with your success. Instead, if you miss your morning “appointment”, make it a goal to get to it before dinner. For kids, try and mix up their exercise routine with activities they won’t get bored with, such as obstacle courses in the backyard or doing soccer one day and swimming the next.

In combination with a healthy lifestyle, natural remedies can help both children and adults to maintain healthy consistent behavior, clear focus, and optimum performance by providing a sound platform to support wellness and vitality.

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