Activities and Sports for Kids with ADHD


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    By: ActivityTree

    Recently released findings from a study conducted by NYU’s Langone Medical Center claim that boys with ADHD in their early years were twice as likely to be obese at age 41. It’s based on a sampling of about 200 white males over a period of four decades. It’s a small sampling from one gender and ethnicity, and more research is needed to affirm a correlation, but experts aren’t arguing that parents need to be aware that a child with ADHD may be at risk for later obesity.

    So, what activities are good choices for children with ADHD? 

    Jogging (All ages) Find a safe local trail and go for a run with your child. Or, let them run around a park or in the back yard. Buy them an odometer and keep a distance log to help them track progress and to give them a huge sense of accomplishment. 

    Swimming (All ages) The constant movement helps children burn off their limitless energy and even if you don’t live in the land of 10,000 lakes, finding a body of water close to home is usually pretty easy. Activity Fun Fact: Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD at 9. 

    Non-Competitive Sports (Ages 3+) National fitness organizations such as the YMCA or local parks and recreation departments often offer recreational level programs and camps that are focused on skills and fundamentals rather than the highest scores.

    Scouts (Ages 5+) The activities required to earn badges challenge your child both mentally and physically. Plus, the badge reward system motivates ADHD kids to work toward a goal. 

    Fencing (Ages 7+) Focus, self-control and body-control are what keep fencers from getting hit and bouts are the perfect length at 4 minutes. Activity Fun Fact: National and junior fencing champion Corwin Duncan attributes fencing with helping him overcome many of his ADHD symptoms. 

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