Summer is in full swing; the sun is shining, and the days are hot. Here are the top 5 reasons why individuals with ADHD should swim this summer:
- Exercise is essential for individuals with ADHD. Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD tend to have less dopamine in their bodies. Dopamine is a chemical in your body which helps you to focus and to have a clear mind. It is released while exercising, which is why it is important to exercise daily.
- Swimming is a great exercise. It helps build muscle strength, and endurance, and it’s a great way to get your heart rate up. Swimming can also be helpful in your coordination skills. While swimming, you strengthen your core and work on the skills of coordinating your legs with your arms. Practicing this in the water can be extremely helpful to your coordination and balance on land.
- Many individuals with ADHD seek sensory input. The pool offers deep pressure for individuals who are under-stimulated. The water can also be helpful to decrease sensory sensitivity for those who tend to be overstimulated. Other summer sensory strategies include swimming on a hammock, mowing the lawn with a push mower, or swinging on a swing.
- One of the best parts about swimming is that it is mostly an individual activity. This works best for some individuals with ADHD. Swimming offers moments of socialization, where you can swim in a pool with others, or play games with others in the pool, but you can also feel satisfied swimming alone.
- Individuals with ADHD tend to have more energy that they need to burn, and the pool is a great place to release that excess energy. Many individuals also find that swimming in water is a great place to alleviate stress and to find some calm and serenity.
Before jumping into the water, don’t forget about water safety. Consider taking lessons if you don’t know how to swim, and always have a swimming buddy close by.