Everyday millions of people struggle to get through work or school because they are battling against Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADD/ADHD are more common than once previously thought. A study in 2013 showed that 11% of children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD at one point in their lives. The rates for adult ADD are lower, but researchers believe that is due to adults being undiagnosed as children as there was less research to support evidence of ADD. Typically, ADD affects those with smaller cerebellums – which regulates motor control and cognitive functions, making it more difficult to concentrate and focus.
School and workplace settings make it difficult for those dealing with ADD/ADHD to be able to concentrate, stay focused, and stay motivated. The every day battle of deadlines, high stress, and a sedentary lifestyle make it difficult to function. According to the World Health Organization, adults with ADHD lose an average of three weeks a year of productivity.
But studies have found that movement and exercise can help those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Dr. John Ratey, an expert in the filed, believes that “Exercise tempers ADHD by immediately increasing the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine. When we exercise, particularly if the exercise requires complex motor movement, we’re also exercising the areas of the brain involved in the full suite of cognitive functions. We’re causing the brain to fire signals along the same network of cells, which solidifies their connections.”
Walking and exercise are natural ways to relieve ADD symptoms without medication– by stimulating your brain naturally, you’re able to concentrate better. A treadmill desk used in an office or school environment has shown an increase in focus, productivity, and creativity, and those with ADD/ADHD can benefit from the stimulation a treadmill desk can provide. Treadmill desks and standing desks are a great way to provide mental and physical stimulation at the same time – making it possible for those dealing with ADD/ADHD to focus better in traditional office and school settings.