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    ADHD/ ADD and sport as help

    So I am not yet sure if this shows be a question, a chat or a playground thread (I welcome your input here neilarey )

    ADHD people work different than others and it's very hard for many to control impulses and there are suggestions, having one vent to just let go of your control , helps a lot ; if any one does have simar or contrary experiences please comment .

    I want to try it out and I am currently searching for sports that just enable to loose control ;
    I am currently looking at starting martial arts, but I am open to other suggestions too

    #2
    While I would consider myself a mild to moderate case of ADD I use trail running as my complete release. My brain wanders where ever it may please and I just run, sometimes fast, sometimes slow as it is just whatever my body wants to do. The only bit of focus I have to use is where I'm putting my foot next, beyond that I'm lost in my own world.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Azercord View Post
      While I would consider myself a mild to moderate case of ADD I use trail running as my complete release. My brain wanders where ever it may please and I just run, sometimes fast, sometimes slow as it is just whatever my body wants to do. The only bit of focus I have to use is where I'm putting my foot next, beyond that I'm lost in my own world.
      TBH I really coul never get into long distance running because it gets boring and teadious so quick
      but I thoughr about doing parcour

      PS: neilarey I had a broken mention in the original post and wanted to ask your opinion where this belongs

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        #4
        Hi! I do believe that martial arts can be a great help in dealing with ADHD, but not necessarily or not only in a "really let loose" fashion. I mean, yes, the conditioning part is often fast-paced and varied and I'm sure it helps to burn off some energy, but otherwise, your brain needs to be all there. For kata/tao lu/hyong, it takes concentration to learn new movements and repetition to commit them to memory, and in partner work, someone could get hurt if one partner just "lets loose". On the other hand, I believe the mixture between the concentration, order and contol required in a dojo on the one hand and the possibility to do something to exhaustion on the other can be very helpful. As martial arts can be practiced very differently, I'd recommend going to look at several dojos and see if what they do suits you.

        Parkour could also be a great idea. As fas as I'm informed, many people with ADHD need new stimuli very frequently, and Parkour will provide that and will be something that forces you to concentrate and be in the moment because otherwise you'll get hurt.

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          #5
          I’ve got pretty severe ADHD (Inattentive type— I check pretty much all the boxes in the DSM), as well as clinical depression, and my major problem is motivation. Even medicated, it took me some effort to get myself to do anything boring, which included going to the gym (folding laundry and washing dishes are 2nd and 1st place, respectively). Now I’ve had to stop my meds due to health insurance issues, but I’ve found motivation in the Katana Week exercises. I’m fulfilling a childhood fantasy by playing with a sword, having to change what I’m doing every 20 reps keeps me from hyperfocusing, and not having the space at home to do the workouts keeps me going to the gym.

          In terms of dealing with my overactive brain, I discovered in college that I LOVE recumbent bikes. If I get going fast enough at just enough resistance to make it a slight challenge, I get into this headspace where I don’t think about ANYTHING. It’s GLORIOUS.

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            #6
            I'm with Azercord. I have moderate to severe ADHD and distance running really helps me out. I've tried biking, weight lifting, walking and yoga and none seem to do the trick.
            I think it's the controlled rhythmic breathing and the overall constant intensity that do it for me. I can't seem to get those qualities from other activities, though I would say cycling sometimes does the trick.
            It's gotta work for you though. I think boxing or cycling might be good alternatives if trying running's a non-starter.

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              #7
              Mark me down as another person with ADHD who likes running. (Combined-type, but my inattentive symptoms are worse/more debilitating.) I definitely also think running is boring, which I guess sounds strange, but that's kind of the benefit? There are two ways I've been able to use running to my advantage:
              1. I find it difficult to listen to audio-only works (podcasts, audiobooks) if I'm not doing something with my body (cleaning, driving, etc.) at the same time. Combining running with a podcast both keeps running interesting and lets me actually focus on the podcast.
              2. Just fully zoning out/daydreaming while running. I can only do this running outside and not on a treadmill, but I can use a run the same way I use a shower to just be trapped somewhere with my brain for a while and hash out whatever I want to think about for x amount of time.

              Cardio has seemed most helpful for managing symptoms of ADHD -- like my brain's a dog I gotta wear out a little bit?

              All that said, unless you have a specific physical goal, you can also just ride your special interests to physical activity and switch it up as what you're interested in changes. If you're really interested in martial arts, you should do martial arts while you're interested in it. Just ride that wave til you get bored, man.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Honorata View Post
                All that said, unless you have a specific physical goal, you can also just ride your special interests to physical activity and switch it up as what you're interested in changes. If you're really interested in martial arts, you should do martial arts while you're interested in it. Just ride that wave til you get bored, man.
                thats the problematic part, as you describe it interests come in waves for me ( and AFAIK many other ADHD people), so contracts with longer runtimes are very bad;
                and also I do have my own set of prejudice against multiple martial arts...

                still looking for something near me or for some parcour, but planning and setting up to go to the
                _official parcour training ground_ in the neighbouring city is hard

                (and allways so many things in my head that need to be done)

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                  #9
                  Uh, this thread has been silent for a bit, but here's my 2 cents.

                  I have ADHD (surprise in this thread) - predominantly inattentive subtype - and I find exercise helps when my mind just wants a break from trying to function like a neurotypical person, or from adulting, or anything else that demands I focus on a specific thing. It's like a reset button.
                  Granted, when my executive function (i.e. planning my actions and then acting according to that plan) is already worn out, changing into my workout clothes, getting my exercise mat out and actually doing the workout I planned can be a quest. Because there's the internet, and a ton of other shiny things that might catch my attention! If I imagine I'd have to go somewhere special on top ... only good old social control, e.g. having a group with a firm commitment, ever got me to do that.

                  I love running, and I'm bummed that my running shoes are so worn out that they're basically unusable. Because when I run, I get to take in all my surroundings, with all my senses. Sometimes, I just let my mind wander. Sometimes, I feel totally present and focused. What is a drawback in the so-called civilized world - my lack of sensory filters - becomes something I can enjoy when I'm out in the woods.

                  Good luck with finding your parkour crowd!

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                    #10
                    I do not have ADHD, I'm more on the manic/depressant side of mental health, but I do find that working out in general helps my mental issues quite a lot. The endorphins give me the extra lift I need to keep steady, especially on stressful or bad days. The hard part for me is re-training myself that when I'm not feeling good I NEED to workout, because it will make me feel better. Usually my brain wants to withdrawal from everything instead.

                    But what I wanted to throw in here is if you're drawn to martial arts but maybe you really just want to hit/kick things (I find that VERY therapeutic, but again, I'm M/D) then the best class I've ever taken in my life was a Cardio Kickboxing class --- yes, it's mostly women, BUT all it consisted of was 45 minutes with your own weighted body bag, blasting up-beat techno music, and an instructor yelling out random combos that you just followed and then switched up every twenty reps or so. I got to wrap up my hands so I felt hard core, and then I just spent 45 minutes straight hitting and kicking the crap outta that bag while just following the music / directions. All for a waaaay cheaper cost than traditional MMA classes (cause this was just a "fitness" class) AND way less downtime waiting for lessons or partners to take turns hitting/holding strike pads. Unfortunately when I moved I never found a class like this again - I found one similar to it, but it was at a dojo and they charged extra because it was taught by a black belt (totally unnecessary, a friggin' machine could scream combos and I wouldn't care) and they didn't have the techno music --- the techno music was key. It kept the tempo going so your heart rate stayed up the whole time. Granted I nearly vomited my first day but it got better.

                    If you're not into MMA but this sounds like a good time I'd highly recommend looking out for one. Maybe under "cardio kickboxing" or similar.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Brunsonja View Post
                      "cardio kickboxing" or similar.
                      You made me think of TaeBo.

                      Last edited by dynamomelano; April 13th, 2019, 02:47 AM. Reason: Got better videos.

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                        #12
                        dynamomelano Dude, I forgot about Tae bo!! Good times having the bag helps though

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Brunsonja View Post
                          having the bag helps though
                          yes

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