Here at Fitneff, we’ve had an amazing response to the news of our launch of Stand2Learn sit-stand desks for the classroom. We’ve also had a number of very good questions. Today I would like to take some time to respond to these very important questions about sit-stand desks in the classroom.
The purpose of a sit-stand desk is to allow students to remain productive and engaged in learning while they easily move between sitting and standing. Sitting for long periods of time, which is typical in many learning environments, is not only unhealthy, it can also impede a child’s ability to focus and learn. Studies conducted at Texas A&M University have shown that the use of sit-stand desks in the classroom comes with many benefits. These include:
In addition to these benefits, a study was published recently that indicates that sit-stand desks in classrooms have also shown to be effective in slowing the increase in the body mass index (BMI) of elementary school students. The BMI is a key indicator of obesity.
While all of this evidence is extremely positive, there are still many outstanding questions. Here are the answers to some of your most pressing questions.
Q: My child is active and healthy. Why do I need to worry about sitting in the classroom?
A: Regular exercise does not offset the negative effect of sitting.
The school day is structured to allow students to have plenty of opportunities for physical activity. These include regular Phys Ed classes, multiple recess breaks and the availability of extra curricular activities, among others. However, even with these amazing active breaks throughout the day, it is not healthy for students to be sitting for long periods of time.
Q: If my child uses a sit-stand desk, does he/she still need other physical activity?
A: A sit-stand desk does not replace daily physical activity and exercise.
Sit-stand desks allow the student to easily move between sitting and standing, which encourages movement in the classroom even while learning is taking place. It is not, however, intended to replace other activities such as outdoor play or more vigorous exercise such as a soccer game or dance class. Both are required for students’ optimal health and well-being.
Q: Are you suggesting that children should be standing all day?
A: Standing all day is not the solution.
Continuous movement is the key. The goal of a sit-stand desk is not to stand for long periods of time, and or to eliminate sitting altogether. By simply giving students the opportunity to choose between sitting and standing, they are able to adjust their physical position in the classroom, while continuing to focus on learning.
Q: I’ve heard of sit-stand desks for the office. Are they really meant for kids?
A: The Benefits of Sit-Stand Desks Are Available to Kids and Adults Alike
The body is meant to move! Whether you are a child in school or an adult at work, a sit-stand desk can break up long periods of sitting while remaining focused and productive. Just like with other principles of a healthy lifestyle – eating well, getting lots of rest and regular exercise – avoiding long periods of sedentary behaviour is important for children and adults alike.
Sit-stand desks in the classroom allow students to take a break from sitting without interrupting their work, or their attention on the lesson. Continuous movement throughout the school day, combined with regular exercise, a healthy diet and plenty of rest at night are all important to a student’s health and well-being, and success in the classroom.
If you have any questions about our Stand2Learn desks, please contact me directly! I would love to hear from you.
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Well, we’ve just about made it into spring. Spring truly is one of our favourite seasons, filled with new life, fresh air and the promise of warm weather to return again soon.
With new beginnings being such a prominent theme this time of year, we thought we’d bring some of that to today’s blog – by talking about new products of course! We’ve been working hard to add new offerings every month, and today we have five specific products to share with you that we’re pretty excited about. Whether you’re looking for a sleek new standing desk or a dynamic footrest to add to your setup, look no further.
Did you know that according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five Canadians will experience mental health issues in any given year? That’s a solid 20 per cent of people living in our country, which is pretty significant.
Last month, the #BellLetsTalk campaign ran once again to raise awareness for mental health and to work towards ending the stigma surrounding these illnesses. This has been a hugely successful campaign over the past few years, and we thought that we would continue the conversation about the importance of mental health too. Just because January is over doesn’t mean we have to quit talking about it! Here we share some fast facts about mental health and some tips to make your office more mental-health friendly.