The single most important tool my son has ever had in school to help him focus and be productive has been a standing desk with a fidget bar, also known as a stand up desk. The fidget bar comes attached to the desk and it helped Luka way better than a stability ball ever did!
I first heard about the benefits of standing desk for students in passing from a news segment I caught a glimpse of. Something told me I should look into it, so I did.
I got some help with pulling the information together and it wasn't long before that information made it's way to the principle of his school.
A few week or so later, I was thrilled to hear that they purchased one for him to try!
Once they saw how it helped him, they purchased some more for other students.
Since I have seen it help so many, I thought I would pass the information onto all of you so that you can know about them yourself. You can even copy and paste the information below, if you would like, into an email to send to your school.
Standing Desk and Fidget Bar Information
Fidget Bar and Standing Desks In The News
This article outlines the following benefits - Burns off Energy so they can focus on learning, can improve grades up to 15%, and burn up to 25% more calories, increase in muscle tone, improves circulation and arterial functioning:
Sitting too much causes disease and orthopedic dysfunction, and impedes children’s ability to learn.
Kids at standing desks burn between 15% to 25% more calories during the school day than the ones who remained sitting.
Obese students the desks had an even bigger impact, increasing calorie use by up to the 25% to 35%.
Small movements at standing desks, such as fidgeting, has a large impact on calorie expenditure.
Kids in standing classrooms are more engaged.
Classroom management is easier.
If kids are given the opportunity to move throughout the day, they will do so.
When students move more, their education improves.
Children feel happier when they can move more and aren’t restricted to a chair.
Classroom behavior improves with active learning.
Children who move more have greater creativity.
Educational test scores improve
Students can shift their bodies and change position when they need to stay focused.
Standing prevents the body’s tissue adaptation to static positions (i.e. short hip flexors & hamstrings, rounded upper back, poor shoulder position) AND it does not erode the child’s physiology like sitting does.
Standing maintains the integrity of all the complex motor skills required for optimal physical function.
Reducing daily sedentary time literally reduces cell aging, which means kids will live longer and be more healthy.