5 Health & Fitness Tips For Adults With ADHD

 A person with ADHD may struggle to pay attention, control impulsive behaviours, and be overactive.

Ishaan Arora
Written by: Ishaan AroraUpdated at: Feb 07, 2023 13:52 IST
5 Health & Fitness Tips For Adults With ADHD

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The quest for a healthier body is an ongoing one. We frequently try new diets and weight loss plans in order to fit into our favourite dress. Losing weight requires patience and commitment, as it is a long process that requires following a specific plan for nearly three months. And these three months are extremely difficult because you have to kill your cravings, get up every day to work out, and avoid going out. However, someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder will find the process even more difficult (ADHD). A person with ADHD may struggle to pay attention, control impulsive behaviours, and be overactive. So, if you have ADHD or are prone to cravings, these health and fitness tips may be beneficial for you as well.

1) Keep Fitness Fun

To get in shape, you must exercise on a daily basis, so make it a point to move your body daily. Moreover, the exercise routine should be simple and uncomplicated, so that a person can easily learn and stick to it over time. Consistency is the key to  fitness, so even on days when a person does not feel like working out, they should be allowed to do whatever they want. For example, if it is their leg day and they want to do an arm workout, they should not be stopped. What matters, in the end, is that you are moving your body.

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2) Ignore Dieting

When a person diets, they are often deprived of eating their favourite food, which increases the chance of overeating and going off track when given chance. Moreover, diets advocate eating the same foods every day, which becomes monotonous and makes dieting appear difficult. The best option is to avoid diets and instead practice portion control (reducing plate size and quantity) while replacing unhealthy foods with healthy foods. For example, if you've been eating fried chicken, switch to boiled or roasted chicken and only consume 70% of your hunger.

3) Find A Workout Buddy

People with ADHD have a tendency to get bored and distracted easily, but working out with a partner makes the process  interesting and fun. Moreover, working out with a friend reduces the likelihood of missing a workout and provides moral support, which is essential when working out. The best thing about working with a buddy is that you are constantly striving to outperform your partner, and in that pursuit, you frequently train to failure and end up burning extra calories.

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4) Track Your Progress

Keep track of your workouts and body weight. Keep it simple by recording your reps, laps, heart rate, and weight lifted. Similarly, instead of tracking your weight every day, do it once every 10 days and only on an empty stomach. Review your progress once a month. This will not only motivate you but will also tell you where you are going wrong.

5) Don't Be Hard On Yourself

Don't be hard on yourself if you cheat or miss a workout, because cheating once in a while won't hurt you, but making it a habit might. So, if you know you cheated, skip your next meal. Assuming you had pizza for lunch, keep your dinner light by having soup or salad. Similarly, if you miss a workout, try walking or increasing your steps the following day.

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