Sunday, July 22, 2012

Exercise and Autism

Let's discuss exercise in relation to Autism for just a bit. There is information out just recently on how depression can be impacted by exercise. The findings are showing that for people who exercise regularly, which is equivalent to at least 30 minutes per day and between 3 and 5 days per week, they can have a dramatic reduction in their depressive issues, up to 45% reduction as a matter of fact. This finding is very significant, especially given the fact that we primarily treat depression with the use of anti-depressive medications in this country. But, this new data shows how simple exercise, aerobic activity between 3 and 5 days per week for 30 minutes each time can significantly impact depression.
Throughout the years I have also seen children in my practice who function more appropriately when they get exercise on a regular basis. This could impact behavior, attention, focusing, anxiety, etc. And exercise for children can take many, many forms. For example, going to the park and letting them run on the playground equipment, using those muscles to climb and swing. Riding a bike is another great form of exercise for kids, as is swimming, just being physically active. So I like to encourage parents, especially now as we start summer and the days get longer, to let their kids play outside in the natural sunlight and the fresh air. Let your child run and play and explore if that is something that they enjoy.
Nowadays so many children are kept inside all day long, they tend to either be stuck to the computer or stuck to a video game or watching movies. I know that many children on the spectrum are in therapy sessions for much of the day and that when they get out of those therapy sessions they can be agitated, anxious, hyper, and they can have difficulty sleeping. So simply adding in a little more exercise can make a world of difference. Even adding a walk after dinner can help, it is not all about a diet, it is not all about medications or supplements either. Sometimes we all just need good old physical exertion and physical activity to change a person's attitude and put your child on the Autism spectrum in a better mental state.
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