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01-09-12, 10:45 AM
I haven't officially been diagnosed with ADD yet as I'm waiting for the specialist referral (could take a year :() but my psychologist feels there is strong evidence for it and to be honest I'm pretty much convinced I have it.

Anyway, my issue is with exercise. I've always had an interest in it (especially cardio stuff) however I'll make a start then after a few weeks (or even days) I just give up. I lose motivation. I'm guessing this is part of having ADD too.

One of the reasons for me losing motivation is my inability to focus on my goals. If I'm running several hundred yards I lose the focus and motivation to go any further and give up long before I physically need to.

Is this common in ADD when people do exercise?

01-09-12, 01:56 PM

This really is an eye opener for me. I have the exact same issue. I thought it was just lack of motivation.

I do not just see this problem with exercise, but with studying for a professional exam as well.

01-09-12, 02:17 PM
The thing that worked for me was joining an adult sports league. There is a club in my town that has all kinds of sports: soccer, volleyball, football--you name it.

I find it very easy not to go jogging, or swimming, or work out in general. But I love playing soccer. And since there is a recreational league, people don't really give each other a hard time will skill level.

And let me tell you, just a season of playing soccer does wonders. (Though it take take a couple seasons for the various ackes and pains from playing to start to let up after so many years of not exercising.)

01-09-12, 06:11 PM
I would say your thoughts on working out are equally as likely without ADD as with it. Getting motivated to workout isn't possible for a vast majority of people.

For me personally, I have diagnosed ADD and ran religiously for over 10 years. Granted, family life and old age have hampered that now, but I'm hoping one day my back will allow me to get back to it.

I agree with the sports league if you have time. Its a great way to have fun AND workout at the same time. Having a set scheduled time to do an activity is usually easier for people then finding the motivation to schedule a workout time for themselves.

01-09-12, 06:11 PM
I always exercise on the same day and for at least one hour. I go for a long walk and listen to music to keep me going. I take supplements throughout the day to keep me going as I don't trust my medication when I exercise. There's been times when I cross the roads and get so nervous my heart feels like it could explode out of my chest. I still have a bit of crossing road anxiety.

Lifting weights is something that I struggle to get back into. I may have to do it before the walking. I miss my exercise trampoline. Spent 3 hours on that thing one night. It does amazing thing for the legs and stomach.

My advice: Plan, be strict, be very very strict on yourself.

01-09-12, 06:34 PM
I agree with fractured, having a schedule helps a lot. Then it's easier to stay on track.

Having a friend to exercise with helps me a lot, and listening to the right music.

It might sound weird, but I've been inspired by Barkley's "star chart" suggestion for kids to make my own chart, so that if I skip a day exercising I have to make it up or there will be a big blank space on my chart.

I'm not OCD, but I do enjoy a properly filled out chart.

The thing that tend to interfere the most is that I overdo it, injure myself, and then *can"t* exercise for a while. So I am focusing right now on trying not to exercise too much at the start.

Going for consistency and long-term goals.

01-09-12, 07:17 PM
Like with anything, I go hardcore with excercise for a while and then get bored and stop! Usually I last a few weeks.

I've finally found a sport that I've stuck with for two years, which is a record for me. It helps that it's a semi-team sport which keeps me accountable, but the team can do without me at training occasionally so there isn't the intense pressure to show up. That helps, because if I put too much pressure on myself, or get too strict, that's when it falls apart and I just stop going.

01-10-12, 06:33 AM

This really is an eye opener for me. I have the exact same issue. I thought it was just lack of motivation.

I do not just see this problem with exercise, but with studying for a professional exam as well.

Hi, I'm glad I was able to help!

Whereas I am by nature very lazy, on the very few occasions in life when I can focus on something, I can be like a Jack Russell going after a fox. Many of my life's problems are down to my lack of focus because I just know that if I was able to focus, I'd be an entirely different person, I'd be so dynamic, I'd be a success, I'd be a SOMEBODY...

Anyway that's going off the subject a bit. The thing with exercise is not so much that I need a routine - I have no real problem with putting my trainers on and hitting the road, it's what I'm out there. OK it's not a good idea for beginners to overdo it but at the first sign of tiredness I'm ready to give up. If I had focus I could concentrate on the end result, how good I'll feel, how much better I'll look, how much healthier I'll be.

I can see your analogy with studying, and just about anything really.

I'm on the waiting list to be referred to see a psychologist and I'm hoping I'll get medication as I can't see any self-help techniques which can overcome this.

Does anyone know if Ritalin would help with this problem?