Standing Tall: The Benefits of Standing Desks and Alternate Seating Options for Zoom Classrooms

February 10th, 2021
Standing Desks

Could Your Child Benefit from a Standing Desk?

Did you know that standing burns between .7 to .15 more calories per minute than sitting does? It may not seem like a lot, but by simply standing for long periods of time, children can easily burn more calories throughout the day when participating in Zoom classrooms. Investing in standing desks or alternate seating options can also help your child stay more alert and focused during virtual school days when distractions are abundant. 

For more information on ergonomic changes to virtual classrooms, contact Graham Physical Therapy!

How can I tell which standing desks are best for my child? 

Using a standing desk as opposed to a traditional sitting desk has been proven to lower one’s chances of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Nevertheless, standing desks are not for everyone, especially those with joint or vascular conditions.

You may be asking, “doesn’t standing all day long have its own implications?” The short answer is – yes. Anything without moderation can have its pitfalls. Standing can boost energy levels, concentration, and even mood, but after some time listening to lectures and completing classroom assignments, chances are that your child’s level of productivity will dissipate after a while.

Standing for too long can cause you to run out of energy quicker and can take a toll on your physical comfort. Many medical professionals recommend adjustable desks for home-classroom environments, so students can spend a large amount of their day standing or stretching, with the opportunity to rest when they become tired.

Helping your child make the most of virtual school days

Ergonomics plays a crucial role in student success. In fact, as stated by PT & Me,

“Having an ergonomic workstation means that your desk and the things on it are arranged in such a way, that they prevent injury and are well within reach and use. An ergonomic workstation also promotes good posture. Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down.”

Studies suggest whether you choose a standing or adjustable desk for your child’s Zoom classroom, integrative support can be beneficial in easing him or her into the new setting. In fact, those who participated in some sort of integrative support program for their standing or adjustable desk stood for an average of 50 minutes longer each day than those who did not.

In addition to the type of desk your child stands at, ergonomics is also an important concept to keep in mind. Ergonomic laptop desks and chairs can promote proper posture and decrease the risk for back problems, while classroom design can make an impact on a student’s happiness, productivity, and well-being.

At Graham Physical Therapy, we suggest investing in high-low chairs that have balls for seats, or a therapy ball that your child can use as a seat. This will help promote proper posture in addition to creating an aid for an antsy child throughout the day, who will be able to move and bounce instead of sitting in the same position for too long.

Get assistance from a physical therapist

At Graham Physical Therapy, we want to help make the Zoom classroom as comfortable and beneficial for your child as possible. We can provide you with tips and techniques for arranging the best ergonomically efficient area for your child to complete school work.

There are several steps you can take to help improve your child’s posture, strength, energy, and overall well-being throughout the virtual school day. Contact us today to learn more about how ergonomic changes can help brighten your child’s mood, enhance creativity, reduce the risks of developing health issues while doing school at home!

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