Reaching Milestones in Research: The Standing Desk Impact

Reaching Milestones in Research: The Standing Desk ImpactReaching Milestones

Every once in awhile, landmark research produces a product with such practical benefit, it is hard to believe it wasn't manufactured sooner. One such design reaching milestones that promises a continued impact on anyone who utilizes a stationary workplace most of the day is the standing desk. Thanks to Dr. Benden of Texas A&M University, students can experience the numerous advantages of standing desks daily.

The Classroom Impact

Arguably one of the most affected places where standing desks have been implemented are classrooms. The necessity was clear: young children with excess energy should not be restrained to sit at a desk for most of the day. Cognitive slurs, behavioral issues, and jittery feet are to be expected when kids who would rather be running around on the playground are forced to slouch in a chair for hours on end. Even more relevant to today's society is the obesity epidemic, which has expanded to touch individuals of all age groups. The standing desk is reaching milestones in helping to solve these issues, and its importance could not be anymore pressing.

Texas A&M researchers' evidence-based findings prove the significance of standing-biased desks. Body mass index (BMI) is a crucial factor predicting obesity, especially through childhood. The Texas A&M study revealed that standing desks slowed the BMI increase in elementary school children by 5.24%.  Furthermore, children studied for a year experienced an overall 3% drop in BMI compared to their classmates using conventional desks and seating.

The meaningfulness of these findings should not be ignored. If using standing desks in the classroom can have such an effect on the health and wellness of children, the question is simple: why is there not a standing desk movement sweeping across our nation's school system? With technology encouraging a sedentary lifestyle at home and recess time constantly being threatened at school, we have to search for other practical ways to ensure the wellbeing of our children.

In addition to lowering BMI, standing desks allow an Activity Permissive Learning Environment (APLE) with more energy expenditure and calorie-burning opportunities. Instead of being told to "remain seated" for hours as the school day goes on, children are permitted to move, fidget and expend the excess energy standing up rather than bottling it up sitting down. And after milestone research claimed standing desks even improved students' cognitive functioning and performance in the classroom, the usefulness of this innovation is unprecedented.

VARIDESK Education

Launched from the faculty Texas A&M startup PositiveMotion, LLC, Stand2Learn now known as VARIDESK Education has become the leading promoter of standing-biased desks for the betterment of not only children, but all people who suffered from the ailments of normal desk seating. Standing desks encourage a healthier, active lifestyle and have evidence-based cognitive benefits, as well as enhanced student engagement in the classroom. For the employees who spend eight or more hours in an office setting each day, standing desks can mean the difference between facilitating an active lifestyle or declining health.

The simple philosophy of creator Dr. Bender's "Sit Less, Move More," is a slogan parents, teachers, students, and employees should all begin to adopt. One can only wonder what milestones this technology will reach in the future.

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