“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison
Researchers recommend that we, get up, sit less and move. Could it be possible that prolonged sitting is not only affecting the health of adults but children too? Children are meant to be active. Physical education is not such an integral part of the school curriculum as it used to be. Children often struggle to pay attention and become restless in the classroom.
Change your classroom into an active learning environment by introducing standing desks. Incorporate activity into the curriculum and make learning enjoyable for students. Studies conducted around the world found that children spent more time standing than sitting when given an option between sitting and standing, according to the article in the Sports Medicine journal. The concept of standing desks is unfamiliar in the classroom. However, some schools are moving away from the traditional sitting desks to a standing and active environment. Researchers also found that introducing low-level physical activity into the classroom helped with sedentary behaviour, lack of attention and improved academic achievement. Let’s explore this a little more.
The low-level exercise of standing can increase your heart rate. It increases the blood flow and the proportion of oxygen delivered to the brain. The movement enhances the amount of links between your neurons and additional neuronal growth in your brain. In effect, circulation and exercise improve brain power.The low-level exercise of standing can increase your heart rate. It increases the blood flow and the proportion of oxygen delivered to the brain. The movement enhances the amount of links between your neurons and additional neuronal growth in your brain. In effect, circulation and exercise improve brain power.
The low-level physical activity of standing helps to maintain insulin effectiveness. Research indicates that standing all through the day can burn an additional 40 calories per hour. Exercise and movement can also assist students who are overweight to lose weight. Studies conducted found that there is a correlation between obesity and poor academic performance.
More Classroom Engagement
Early studies indicate that incorporating standing desks into the classroom boosts ‘on-task’ behaviour. Standing not only results in improved health but more attentiveness and concentration in the classroom. Teachers can complete work in a shorter time span, and there is a significant improvement in behaviour. Children who are more fidgety and have a short attention span are more likely to function as any other child when using a standing desk.
Increased engagement and attentiveness during the school day, boosts preparation and combined alertness during examinations. Resulting in improved academic performance. The outcome reported in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, reveal that ongoing use of standing desks was related to notable enhancements in “executive function and working memory capabilities,” according to Ranjan Mehta. Maintaining a healthy metabolic rate leads to improved cognitive function, therefore, an improvement in test results. Students who are more physically active outshine those who are less physically active in standardised tests. They ‘ think on their feet’ when called upon in the class and are more attentive than those students’ who are less active.
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