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Exercise Mental Health

The Wall Street Journal has an article published this week on five behaviors to extend life by 10-15 years. The behaviors are : eating a healthy diet, not smoking, regular physical exercise , maintaining healthy weight, and moderate use of alcohol of course this study was done with adults over the age of 50.

Exercise is vital for healthy weight and healthy circulation and for sleep and for mental health. Exercise is a great mood regulator and used for stress management. We all have stress in our lives so we need a tool to manage stress. Exercise is good for the heart as well.




Exercise is one of the biggest elements in managing a child’s health and behaviors. Encouraging your child to exercise daily is one of the most important things a parent can teach a child.

Parents can tie in a reward after your child completes his exercise and after they have completed their homework. Life is all about work before play and teaching these valuable habits is vital for your child’s mental and physical health.

Below you will see info on behaviors that change with exercise.

Children with ADHD symptoms can focus better and are less impulsive when they participate in exercise daily .

Increasing physical activity is one part of a non pharmaceutical ( medications) treatment for ADHD that is backed by research .

Research showed in attentiveness improved with more exercise . The best natural item a parent can do is encourage exercise daily with your child.

Exercise is a huge help for children and teenagers with ADHD. Research shows that exercise before school or after school will help your child become more attentive, improve their academics, become less moody, and less impulsive. Teachers that allow there students to get up out of their seats for short bursts of activity find their students with ADHD are more attentive and more focused than keeping them in a sitting position for the whole class period.

Research has been done with children whom have exercised for 30 minutes before class versus no exercise before class and then teachers reported how they behaved in relationship to: attention, focus, impulsivity, behavior, performance etc. Aerobic physical activity shows great benefits to children with ADHD as well as other children in terms of: mood, behavior, attention, diminished impulsivity, and performance at school.

It is a real pity that schools have decreased the amount of physical activity children receive per day. Children will perform better and learn if they are able to exercise and run around, play sports, and move physically and aerobically. Jumping in place, doing squats, push ups, jump rope etc are all beneficial for children at school. Teachers that can break up the day with 4 ten minute bursts of exercise will have a classroom that is more attentive and will learn more and focus more on the subject matter than having the children sit all day without exercise. Schools that have used exercise have seen a huge decrease in children on ADHD medications decreasing by almost 33 percent which is huge statistically.

Research has shown that test scores improved for children that exercised before the test versus children that just sat and read books. Just twenty minutes of exercise improved  scholastic performance in one research study with children. Many experts state that daily exercise can replace medication for children on ADHD for many children.

There are many tools to help children with ADHD including: counseling, exercise, diet, structure, parenting tools, mood regulation tools, behavior modification and more that will help your child overcome ADHD symptoms.

Dementia/ Alzheimers


Research in the journal of Neurology studying 299 men and woman who walked from zero blocks per week to 300 blocks per week.

The study states walking 72 blocks per week was the minimum to show
brain improvement.

Forty percent developed cognitive impairment or dementia four years
into the study .

The study stated that those who walked the most reduced their risk of
memory loss by half. provides healthy life solutions for children , teens , adults, and families.





In a new study published in the journal PLos Medicine it states that antidepressants may not work as well as in people who are mildly depressed as they do in patients with major depression.

The research team based its findings on 47 clinical trials using such drugs as: Prozac, Paxil, and Effexor.

Professor of Psychology Irving Kirsch from University of Hull, U.K. States” most patients can benefit as much from other treatment, such as physical exercise and psychotherapy, as they can from medication.” Doctors advise patients who are on antidepressants not to discontinue their medication without consulting a physician first, as there can be serious side effects.

Exercise, exercise, exercise….Exercise creates new neurons and some study states that after 10 weeks exercise showed to be more effective against depression than pills.

We must push ourselves to exercise… is important for mind, body, and spiritual health… works with children , teens and families as well as adults in Phoenix Arizona.



Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.