I’m curious. Why don’t you exercise? Especially if you know how essential exercise is to managing ADD / ADHD Symptoms?
I don’t ask this question to make you feel guilty. I’m simply trying to make you aware of what’s blocking your path to ADD Success. Awareness is a necessary skill for managing ADD / ADHD.
My exercise-challenged ADD coaching clients can’t consistently work out for two main reasons:
- Not Enough Time. That’s where an ADD coach, like me, can help you set priorities and stay focused and motivated. Chances are if you can’t make time to exercise, you can use help managing time in other areas, too.
- Boredom. Frankly, I’d rather get my teeth drilled than walk on a treadmill at a gym. Swimming laps? Just drown me now and get the pain over with. What about you?
I’ve decided there are two types of exercise: Fake Exercise and Real Exercise.
To me, Fake Exercise is going to a gym and walking on the treadmill while watching TV. It’s also walking the dogs on the same route day-after-day. Fake Exercise bores the person. The adult with ADHD can start their Fake Exercise routine with great intentions, but can’t force themselves to continue it for very long. Eventually they will wiggle out of it.
Real Exercise is doing something, well, real. Like dancing or playing tennis or Frisbee. Real Exercise is more fun. It naturally pulls you in. You don’t do it merely for the sake of working out but to play as well.
When a client can’t force herself into a Fake Exercise routine, one hurdle is getting her to accept she’ll lose her gym membership fee. The money becomes a block. But, if working out at the gym isn’t compelling she needs to find Real Exercise that is. Something fun, that encourages her to go back day after day, week after week.
In my next post I’ll share how my ADD coaching clients and I find the time and motivation to exercise. Some real life ADD Success and exercise stories.
Adults with ADD / ADHD have to sneak up on their exercise. When exercise bores you get creative. Find a way to get exercise that pulls you in and makes you want to get up and get moving. Key in to what you like to do. Run marathons? Dance? Fence?