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Benefits of Standing Desks in the Classroom


What are the benefits of incorporating standing desks into classrooms? 

Well...as schools reduce recess time every year, kids are becoming restless in the classroom. Sitting for 7 hours, especially in K-2 classrooms, is quite challenging for students. 

As the number of diagnoses of ADHD rises, students experience fidgety behavior when asked to sit still for such a long time. Armed with recent research, educators are beginning to push for standing desks in their classrooms. 

At Stand-A-Desk, we want to deliver the findings of the harmful effects of prolonged sitting in school. We also want to shed light on the health, behavioral, and educational benefits of incorporating standing desks into classrooms. 

ADHD

Washington Post article explores the possible harmful effects of students sitting still during the day. Angela Hanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist, suggests that the “reason many children are being diagnosed with ADHD, whether or not they really have it, [is] the amount of time children are forced to sit while they are in school.” When students are fidgeting, it is actually fueling brain activity to promote critical thinking and problem-solving. In the absence of movement, the brain gets lazy, and students are more likely to fall asleep. 

Behavior Problems

Students that experience behavioral issues in the classroom can often be labeled as having ADHD. Additionally, children who learn kinesthetically can often be misdiagnosed with ADHD. A study conducted by Texas A&M University gave elementary school students stand up desks and found that standing “improved attention, on-task behavior, alertness, and classroom engagement.” Several teachers concerned that standing desks would promote more behavioral issues actually saw an improvement in classroom behavior. 

Childhood Obesity

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 17% of U.S. children aged 2 to 19 years are considered obese, meaning they are at greater risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.

Luckily, standing desks can help children adopt a healthier lifestyle to lead to improving overall health. Research shows that children burn 114 more calories per day when standing at desks than when sitting. The findings are especially significant for overweight children: they burned 32% more calories by standing rather than sitting at a desk.  

By incorporating standing desks into your classroom, you can promote learning, help students engage in a healthy lifestyle, and build a positive learning environment. 

In the shift to virtual learning, incorporating standing desks at home has been more beneficial than ever. While students adjust to learning at home, staying active in learning can help students maximize learning. 

Stand-A-Desk can help you choose the best desk for your student! Shop now for an adjustable-height student standing desk. 

How to Transition to a Standing Desk

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Congratulations on making the first step to a healthier lifestyle! Although you may be excited to transition to a standing desk, it is best to ease into it. If you decided to take up running, could you lace up your shoes and run 3.1 miles nonstop? In a perfect world, sure! But for most people, the answer is no.

Much like running, transitioning to a standing desk may take some training. You could set up your standing desk and toss your chair out, but the odds are, a few hours into your workday you’ll be willing to fish your chair out of the dumpster.

Although a standing desk is not physically demanding like most workout activities, it does take some getting used to…queue the adjustment period. But trust us, once you’ve adjusted to your standing desk, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one!

The purpose of this article is to show you how to use a standing desk properly when you’ve never used one before. The idea is to slowly work up to your ideal sit/stand ratio, so you can enjoy the maximum benefits of standing desks.

The Beginners Guide to Standing Desks

  1. Adjust to your ergonomics

Before you get started, it’s important to know how to set up a standing desk. Improper adjustment can lead to pain and premature fatigue. An ergonomically-sound setup, conversely, will be more comfortable and help you to stand longer.

  1. Add foot cushions

It is important to get into the habit of wearing comfortable, supportive shoes when you are using your standing desk. Over time, hard floors can lead to soreness and fatigue. An anti-fatigue standing desk mat provides cushioned support that helps you stand more comfortably, and for longer.

  1. The turtle wins the race

Start slow. Since you are used to sitting in a chair all day, an abrupt change to standing desks will most likely leave you uncomfortable. Instead, set a timer that reminds you to stand for just a minute or two every hour. Don’t stand for more than five minutes per hour in the first week, but make sure you stand at least once every hour so you can begin to develop good habits.

  1. Increase your endurance over time

With each passing week, increase your standing time in small increments. If you stood for five minutes per hour in the first week, try seven minutes per hour on the second week. Again, the goal is to slowly build healthy habits over time.

  1. Build toward your ideal sit-stand ratio goal

Contrary to popular belief, the end goal isn’t to stand all day. It’s to achieve an ideal balance of sitting and standing. Studies have shown that movement is healthy while remaining stagnant in one position is harmful. In other words, a lot of the benefit comes from your transitions between sitting and standing. For people under 40 years old, experts generally recommend roughly 30 minutes of standing per hour. For people over 40, experts recommend about 24 minutes of standing per hour. 

  1. Transition between sitting and standing often

And as we mentioned earlier, sit to stand transitions are good for you. You want to transition a minimum of once every hour, but if you prefer switching your position every 25, 20, or even 15 minutes, go for it!

We hope this tips help you transition to incorporating your standing desk to improve your workday and overall health!

BACK AND NECK PAIN

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It is well known that Back Pain plays a huge part for most of us sitting at our desks 9-5. It has been recently discovered that the Neck Pain is also associated with sitting at your desk for extended periods of time.

How is this caused and how can we avoid it?

Interesting enough, it may be partially our own doing... do we know if we are seated correctly? After all the desk and chair we are using 9-5 has been used by other colleagues were not built identical to us. 

What I mean by this is that our height, weight position of the chair as it relates to the desk and the angle of the monitor are all factors into your back and neck pain. If you are anything like me, I like to get close up to the screen and therefore my head is pushing forward while my back and shoulders are slouched .... and this where poor posture begins.

If you are doing this for long periods of time, these positions disrupt how the muscles in the neck, back and shoulders normally function. Making the muscles work harder and going against the typical characteristics function expected of these muscles. 

COMFORT AT WORK

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We love that you care enough to research the best desk to fit your needs. Whether it is for your business, working, students, living or setting up an office

We strive to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible with your purchase.

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Upgrade yourself to one of our innovative desks. Let Stand-A-Desk customize your workspace. Made with you in mind, these desks give your body the flexibility to feel comfortable while still conducting your tasks. Plus you can move around to a different location if you choose to.

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A GREAT SOLUTION

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By allowing your body muscles to shift functions, you’re relieving pressure on your neck and back and promoting a healthier posture.

STANDING - huge benefit here in that you are able to do small stretches, shift your body weight do some yoga shoulder and neck rolls to help your body feel the energy. Standing helps you relieve the back and neck muscle pressure stimulating a better posture.

 SITTING - you can adjust your computer screen at a comfortable eye level that is unique to you and put a stop to the back and neck pain. You can switch from standing to sitting (some models) and have the best of both worlds.

 The creativity in these desks has been established with the purpose to resolve your back and neck pain and help you obtain a better posture.

 Side benefits will also allow for less fatigue, increase energy levels, increase productivity, reduce weight gain and this is a fairly new concept so we will continue to update you as we find more. I am sure that the list of benefits will continue to grow as this revolutionary concept continues to grow.