Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD can contribute to low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and difficulty at school or work.
Symptoms include limited attention and hyperactivity. We at Inclusively Fit know that exercise is good for everyone. In fact, emerging research now suggests that exercise actually reduces ADHD core symptoms. Physical activity can improve memory and attention, reduce impulsivity, hyperactivity, boost mood and quality of life, and reduce stress responses. Simply put, sweating it out can help. Our Mission focuses on improving the entire person for everyday inclusion. We do this by building confidence through fitness accomplishments and creating a supportive social environment in our fitness center so our clients can better succeed outside the gym and in their schools, at home, in social settings, etc.
Inclusively Fit works one-on-one with clients and our trainers often become mentors and friends. But our trainers do set rigorous exercise and fitness regimens, and they work hard to make sure even the most distracted clients stay on task. We have noticed that this has resulted in wonderful client/trainer relationships. Further, the changes we have noted in our ADHD clients very much support the above-mentioned research. Our clients come to the gym prepared to work out and they often show up with great attitudes and even wearing smiles.
An Added Benefit to School Age Clients
The founder of Inclusively Fit has a degree in Special Education, has worked as a teacher and has extensive experience with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. The IEP is a written document for students with disabilities ages 3 through 25 that outlines the student’s educational needs and goals and any programs and services the intermediate school district and/or its member district will provide to help the student make educational progress. At Inclusively Fit, we work with parents and review existing IEPs to incorporate any applicable goals that could also be focused on during fitness sessions. For example, social goals like taking turns, greeting others, following multi-step directions, answering yes or no questions, etc.
The overall goal here, strongly aligning with our Mission, is to collaborate with our clients, families, and schools to consistently reinforce common goals and help our clients with everyday inclusion.
We’re happy to report, it works.