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Best Exercise/Diet for ADHD


I have been struggling with my ADHD for a long time. Finally went to go see a specialist and he is WONDERFUL. I’ve had several appointments now along with targeted therapy, and due to my fast metabolism I am now taking my vyvanse twice per day 7 hours apart. I mentioned to my doc I’m a HUGE runner (even though I smoke, ugh, I want to kick the habit—-but increase in meds has decreased my smoking, yay!).

He mentioned that CrossFit would be perfect for me, due to the engagement of mind and body and the fact that it’s so intense, I need intense. If my exercise isn’t hardcore, I don’t get anything out of it. I have a spin bike at home too.

I guess I have a couple questions:

A) what have you all found to be the best exercise? I’d love to try CF it’s just very expensive. But I’m willing to pay if worth it
B) does anyone else smoke? I used to be able to run 10 miles and smoke but recently I can only do a measly 3. I REALLY want to quit, but I don’t know if I should wait until my meds are completely adjusted. I know a lot of people with ADHD smoke. I used an ecig for awhile and seemed to have no withdrawals—the more I type out loud the more I’m wanting to ask my doc about this!
C) my diet is pretty poor. Despite being very thin and tall I eat like a horse, and not very healthy. I want to eat a diet that is good for my brain and body. I’ve heard a well-balances diet that is slightly higher on the protein side is good for ADHD? The one good thing I do is I eat 5-6 small (or large lol) meals per day. I should probably keep that part up.

I was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, then went straight to cross country after I quit and ran half marathons in the off-season. I miss the structure of practice and the goals. I’m thinking something along the lines of that would be good. Just wanted to see what helps others.



Hello.  I just read your post and I am curious about a comment that you made; “due to my fast metabolism I am now taking my vyvanse twice per day 7 hours apart.”  I am currently taking Adderal 20 mg 2X a day and I’m not convinced that I am getting any real benefit from it and have considered asking my doctor if I could try Vyvanse to see if that worked better for me.  Are you saying that you require 2 doses due to your high metabolism or are you saying that due to your high metabolism your doctor switched you from something else to Vyvanse?

Posted by Surviving ADD on Sep 09, 2016 at 8:51pm

A little bit of both. The first step was switching from Focalin to vyvanse, Bc vyvanse is supposedly formulated to last longer. I STILL kept absorbing and burning through the vyvanse quickly, though it did last about an hour longer than the focalin. Plus overall I saw more improvement with vyvanse. I went through such frustration and troubles, I broke down and started seeing an ADHD specialist. I had a thyroid test done by my primary care doc and I actually stopped absorbing the nutrient fat—I have a malabsorption disorder. The ADHD specialist lowered the potency of the vyvanse, but I now take twice per day 7 hours apart. I’m getting on a thyroid med to slow my metabolism, so I may be able to go back to once per day. We shall see! But yeah, I switched meds and then upped the total dosage of new med all in an effort to increase the longevity. I could barely make it through work ! 2 pm hit and I started acting like a 5-year old child . It was sincerely interfering with my life!! Did that info help?! I’m bad at explaining sometimes

Posted by beccab1290 on Oct 02, 2016 at 2:30am

I definitely like my workouts to be intense too. It feels like I’m pulled back into my body when I’m doing an intense workout or playing team sports. Like the volume of all the thoughts constantly running though my head is turned down while I’m doing it and for a while after I’m done.

I do a variety of workouts but the things I keep coming back to are Crossfit, Yin Yoga, Dance and Rugby. I really like that the workouts are different every day with Crossfit and I get challenged in a different way everytime I go. I also like that we are usually rooting for each other in class. If someone finishes and others are still going though the workout they usually cheer each other on and encouraging them to keep going.

I would say Crossfit is worth a try and most places let you try a class before committing to anything to see if you like it and if that gym is a good fit for you.

Posted by stonedancer on Nov 04, 2016 at 2:26pm

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