Balance board training is a form of exercise that has gained popularity in recent years. Balance boards are wooden or plastic discs that are placed on the ground and used to improve balance, coordination, and core strength. Many people use balance boards to supplement their regular exercise routine, but there is growing evidence that balance exercises can also be beneficial for individuals with ADHD.
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. Individuals with ADHD often struggle with focus, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. ADHD can impact many areas of an individual’s life, including education, work, and social relationships. While there is no known cure for ADHD, it can be managed with medication, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes.
How do Balance Exercises Help ADHD?
Balance exercises can be particularly beneficial for individuals with ADHD because they require focus and attention. When performing balance exercises, individuals must concentrate on maintaining their balance, which can help improve their ability to focus on a specific task. Additionally, balance exercises can help improve core strength and coordination, which may help individuals with ADHD better control their movements and reduce impulsivity.
Several studies have examined the benefits of balance exercises for individuals with ADHD. One study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders found that children with ADHD who participated in a 12-week balance training program showed improvements in balance and motor control, as well as reduced hyperactivity and improved attention.
Another study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that adults with ADHD who participated in a six-week balance training program showed improvements in balance and coordination, as well as reduced impulsivity and improved cognitive function.
How to Incorporate Balance Exercises
Balance exercises can easily be incorporated into an individual’s daily routine. Balance boards can be purchased online or at sporting goods stores and can be used while watching television or even while working at a standing desk. Some specific exercises that can be performed on a balance board include:
- Single leg balance: Stand on one foot on the balance board and hold for 30 seconds.
- Squats: Stand on the balance board and perform squats while maintaining balance.
- Side-to-side movement: Stand on the balance board and shift your weight from side to side.
Other Benefits of Balance Exercises
In addition to the potential benefits for individuals with ADHD, balance exercises offer many other benefits as well. These include:
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved core strength
- Reduced risk of falls and injury
- Improved posture
- Reduced stress
Balance exercises offer many benefits for individuals with ADHD, as well as for anyone looking to improve their balance, coordination, and core strength. Incorporating balance exercises into a daily routine can be an effective way to manage ADHD symptoms and improve overall physical health. As with any exercise program, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider before beginning a balance training program, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.