Cycling May Benefit Some Kids, Adults With ADHD
A researcher has found that regular bicycling may benefit some children and adults diagnosed with ADHD. Educator Michael Wendt, now a vice principal in New York, wrote his doctoral dissertation at the State University of New York-Buffalo on the effects of exercise on children with ADHD. He found that when children in grades 6-12 in the study followed a 40-minute exercise program five days a week, they improved their academic performance and showed an increase in focus and a decrease in irritability. Some participants were even able to discontinue ADHD medications.
This research led to Wendt's development of the KEEP 57 program (Kid's Early Exercise Program, 5 out of 7 days a week).
Though designed for ages 5-12, the program can be used by participants of any age. Here's how KEEP 57 works:
- Warm-up: 10 minutes. Stretch for five minutes, then mount your bikes and begin easy spinning.
- Exercise: 20 minutes. Ramp up to a more vigorous pace. For 20 minutes, your child's heart rate should be 135-175 beats per minute. Bonus math lesson: Teach your child to take his or her pulse. Lightly press your fingers on your neck under your jaw, count the beats for 10 seconds, and multiply the number by six. [Could be cut.]
- Cool down: 10 minutes. Return to an easy pace. When your child's heart rate returns to almost normal, finish your workout with some stretching.
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