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How OpentraX Helps With ADHD

OpentraX is a mobile adventure program run by a team of Exercise Physiologists that have a strong love of the outdoors 🌱⛰ Specialise in seeing the people behind the many different labels of disability and chronic disease, allowing these people to access activities that they may not ever have had the opportunity to…and certainly not in the highly specific way that OpentraX makes these activities available to someone with a disability.

The OpentraX team deliver a holistic model of care that improves the health and well-being of those living with ADHD by building their capacity physically 🫁 mentally 🧠 and socially 👩 All sessions are tailored to the individual and are run in the location of the participants choosing to provide an environment that the participant feels safe, comfortable and supported 🏡

Exercise (in many different forms – check out all the amazing OpentraX programs) consistently shows dramatic  improvement in participants mental wellbeing, social connection opportunities and significantly boosts their capacity for activities of daily living and hobbies 🙂😁

😁  Our OpentraX professionals perform their initial assessment that investigates participants current health priorities, which they use to develop a tailor-made program designed to address problem areas, boost general wellbeing and overcome and counteract common difficulties that come with ADHD and many other conditions to help make them more manageable.[/column_text][edgtf_button size=”medium” type=”” target=”_self” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”700″ text=”Applications Open Now | OpentraX RIDES ©” link=”https://opentrax.com.au//pages/opentrax-rides-application-page/” font_size=”30″]Numerous studies have now shown that exercise has many benefits for those with ADHD and the evidence just keeps getting stronger! Exercise has a similar effect on the brain as ADHD medication by improving motivation, concentration, releasing endorphins and inducing a sense of calm.

Some of these benefits include:

Improved focus 🧘‍♀️

Improved cognitive functioning 🧠

Decreased levels of stress and anxiety 😰

Improved impulse control and reduced compulsive behavior

Enhanced working memory 🧐

Improve executive function (ability to plan and organise) 📆

Increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (used for learning and memory) 🤓

 

How much exercise is really needed for the best effect?

Exercise is important for everyone but even more beneficial for those with ADHD. The OpentraX team have spent years refining their knowledge on how much exercise, when, the best types and how to actually get and keep people engaged in it. Meeting the Australian guidelines of physical activity ( 150- 300 minutes of moderate physical activity a week) helps decrease the risk of comorbidities and some chronic diseases ⏱🏃‍♂️. Leading an inactive lifestyle has been shown to significantly increase your risk of developing many preventable health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and a number of other chronic health conditions – all of which are significantly reduced with regular activity, like OpentraX offer in their Outdoor Allied Health and Adventure Programs.

Exercise Modalities OpentraX Uses To Maximum Effect

The best type of exercise is that which you enjoy and that suits your lifestyle. OpentraX offers a range of outdoor activities to suit all interests from mountain biking and hiking to kayaking! 🤩 This allows you to get your daily dose of exercise while out exploring, having fun and learning new skills. OpentraX specialises in identifying specific interests, hobbies or likes for each participant and leverages these to make their experience maximally rewarding, enjoyable and most importantly, FUN!!! 🏌️‍♀️🛹🎮🎺[/column_text][edgtf_button size=”medium” type=”” target=”_self” icon_pack=”” font_weight=”700″ text=”Applications Open Now | OpentraX RIDES ©” link=”https://opentrax.com.au//pages/opentrax-rides-application-page/” font_size=”30″]

What to consider 🤔

People with ADHD face a number of unique barriers 🚧  to being active such as difficulty focusing, boredom, anxiety, forgetfulness and absent-mindedness. OpentraX is one of the leading service providers in this area with its innovative and personalised approach to care. Parents, carers and those close to participants know them best and can help with specific details during the assessments or sessions 🙋‍♀️ Our practitioners are highly experienced working with many different types of disabilities and needs levels 🤝

How You Can Get Started, Right Now 🚵‍♀️

If you or someone you know has ADHD, it’s worth tagging or sharing this post with them or a family member. The number of times a quick tag, comment or share has changed someones life by putting them in touch with one of our Accredited Exercise Physiologists 🎓😀 (AEPs) is astounding.  By doing such a small simple yet powerful act, you may be the one who sparks the idea of ‘ XYZ Should actually give this a go’.

Then sit back, watch and enjoy as the person gets involved, gets so much out of the programs and finds a lifetime joy or hobby that will keep them fit, make them happier and have a more fulfilling life. You have that power….right now.

Yeah…sure….you could just find anyone to take them out for these kinds of adventures…but we’re very different. There’s a reason we’re nearly always at full capacity.

Our AEPs are highly experienced allied health professionals that have the expertise to prescribe appropriate exercise for ADHD. We ensure participants aren’t overdoing it or training themselves into imbalances or injury; and set them up with rock-solid, scientific evidence-based programs that help them achieve their goals 🙌

We understand the perceived barriers to physical activity in those with ADHD, and can provide a safe and specific exercise program and report on improvements over time through our re-assessments ✍️📝 These reports are helpful when it comes to NDIS plan review time. Our AEP’s consider many many different factors when prescribing exercise for those with ADHD, the tip of the iceberg things we look at are:

Common comorbidities such as ASD, obesity and epilepsy

Medication side-effects and implications to exercise

Stage of motor development to target appropriate exercise interventions

Cognitive ability and learning style to enhance motor skills and control

“We do things differently, a very good kind of different!”

Initially, a session may not always look like a ‘traditional’ exercise routine. Movement modifications are made to support the individual’s needs, and also – to make it fun🤩  We cap the number of participants that each of our AEP’s work with to ensure they have the capacity to prioritise each individual and give them the time and attention they deserve. At the end of the day, we’re all people, we all have a desire to live our lives to the fullest, some people just need a little help to find out how that looks best for them 😊We know how to get that part DONE!

Our clients are our number one concern, and we are committed to delivering the best program for them, you’ll see what we mean! ⭐️💫[/column_text][edgtf_call_to_action full_width=”no” grid_size=”75″ button_position=”center” button_icon_pack=”” text=”Places strictly limited enabling us to maintain a very high standard for each and every participant in an OpentraX program” button_text=”Apply Now”][/column][/row]

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