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How Standing Desks Can Increase Productivity in the Classroom

It’s not only offices that are embracing the use of standing desks but classrooms are getting in on the action. Abby Brown, a teacher at Stillwater Area School District in Minnesota, shares her enthusiasm over the use of standing desks by stating, “This way, students feel much more in control. They feel like it’s their option, and they don’t have to sit perfectly still and feel confined.”

Study #1

In a study conducted in 2008, children have to move in order to focus during intense mental tasks. Additionally, director of the Laboratory of Integrative Human Physiology, Dr. Donald Dengel co-authored a 2011 study which researched changes in caloric expenditure from standing desks. Participants burned 113 kilocalories a day, equaling half a candy bar.

Study #2

In another study, researchers followed third and fourth graders in three elementary schools in Texas. The study found that children who spent more time on their feet lost weight when using standing desks instead of standard classroom desks.

Study #3

During an ongoing study of two years, 24 teachers were randomly assigned to incorporate standing desks or regular desks into their classrooms. Results indicate that students who used standing desks for two years in a row had their BMI move 5 percentiles lower.

Study #4

Creator of the first treadmill desk, James Levine, explains that it’s important for students to stay active during the school day. Test scores even jumped 10 to 15% in schools that used standing desks.

Other research has found that sedentary time is linked to poor academic achievement as well as low self-esteem. Making children sit is unnatural as they need to move around and stay active. Pediatric endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Dr. Seema Kumar, states, “Children may become more active overall and these changes in behavior may translate into better weight outcomes, improved ability to learn and pay attention and greater self-esteem.”

If you’re interested in purchasing a standing desk for your school, take a look at our options. Each desk is adjustable, lightweight and fits perfectly in your backpack. Rather than lifting heavy standing desks, you simply set ours up in seconds and begin teaching!

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Furnishing that Can be Paired with Your Standing Desk

If you’ve recently purchased a standing desk and are still having some difficulty getting adjusted, have no fear because there are plenty of ways to make yourself comfortable. From standing desk chairs to anti-fatigue mats, we’re going to walk you through the best standing desk accessories to help you get acclimated.

Anti-fatigue Mats

Anti-fatigue mats are one of the most common accessories as they are specifically designed for those using a standing desk. These minimize back and foot pains as well as general aches, helping to decrease stress levels and boost productivity. The mats are typically comprised of vinyl, wood, PVC tubing, closed cell foam, nitrile rubber, and polypropylene.

We highly recommend CubeFit’s Terra Mat which comes with a power wedge, pressure peaks, balance bar, massage mounds, and support track.

Standing Desk Chair

You may not be comfortable standing for 8-10 hours at a time, and we don’t blame you! Standing for hours on end can be quite draining so it’s best to have a chair nearby for some rest. There are several standing desk chairs on the market which can be easily adjusted to fit the height of your new desk. The BOSS Pro Chair with Footrest & Arms is a great product which comes with a chrome foot ring so you can relax your feet. Other chairs include the iMovR Tempo TreadTop Chair, Norstar Drafting Stool and SPACE AirGrid Drafting Chair.

Foam Rollers

A foam roller is a cylindrical tube that is positioned under your foot to stretch the ankle, calf and leg muscles. There are several sizes available and they typically range from $8 to $30.

Trigger Point Foam Rollers are textured, making it feel like a foot massage right at your desk! However, these are a bit more pricey, starting off at about $40.

Rumble Rollers are much more textured making them ideal for those with serious aches and pains; these rollers are roughly $45.

The OPTP Pro Foam Roller are designed for those using a roller on a regular basis and are the best option if you utilize your standing desk everyday.

 

Foot Stool

Think about when you’re having a friendly conversation with someone – do you often place one foot in front of the other, usually raised on a platform or chair? We’ve all done it at some point. When standing at your desk, it might feel natural to prop up your foot somewhere. You can actually stack up some books or purchase a unique foot stool to spruce up the office.

 

Haven’t purchased a standing desk yet? Browse around for an adjustable standing desk featured in bamboo or birch. Fill out our contact form for more info.

Why Our Standing Desks are Perfect for Travelers

If you’re graduating college soon and planning to travel or you’re a freelancer roaming the Earth, you can’t go without a standing desk. Unlike other standup desks, ours are compact and lightweight so you put it in your backpack and head out!

Our bamboo standing desks are ideal for those traveling in warm temperatures. It’s also durable and easy to maintain so if you’re putting it in your backpack and want to go exploring, you don’t have to worry about it getting roughed up. Water and heat won’t cause any damage either so you can sit back and prop this up on your patio table while you gaze at the ocean.

For the writers and photographers who have plenty of travel opportunity but need constant access to a laptop, our standing desks are the way to go. You can easily put our standing desks together at any coffee shop, library, inside or outside of the home. Just because you may not be at an office, it’s still unhealthy to be sitting for extended periods of time. Use our standing desks for a healthier lifestyle!

At StandStand, we are all about affordability so we can assure you that you won’t be breaking the bank when purchasing a standing desk from us. This means, extra money in your pocket for traveling and excursions.

Health Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

This standing desk goes where you do.

If you work a standard 9 to 5 job, then you are certainly aware that sitting all day can be quite tiresome. Not to mention, sitting all day doesn’t really burn any calories and studies have proven that sitting for an excessive period of time leads to weight gain and obesity. Let’s take a look at some of the major health benefits of standing desks.

Lowered Risk of Weight Gain

Of course, exercise is the quickest way to burn calories but standing instead of sitting all day does have its benefits.  According to Authority Nutrition, in comparison to a sedentary work life, an equal amount of time standing burns an additional 170 calories.

Lowered Risk of Heart Disease

Through extensive research conducted by several scientists, sitting for a prolonged period increases the risk of heart disease by 147%. In fact, in one study, bus conductors who stood the entire day had half the risk of heart disease-related deaths as those who remained seated.

Reduced Back Pain

You’ve probably heard colleagues complaining about back issues or maybe you’ve been complaining yourself! Upper back and neck pain can be reduced by 54% after 4 weeks when using a standing desk.

Improved Mood

Say goodbye to fatigue when you use standing desks! Sitting is linked to your mental health so it’s no wonder that your mood increases when standing at work. When sitting throughout the day, you’re at a greater risk of depression and anxiety.

Improved Productivity

Some people may question whether standing desks negatively impact typing. However, once you get used to it, you’ll notice that the characters you type per minute won’t decrease. Since standing boosts your mood and energy level, productivity is going to increase!

Ready to get a standing desk? At StandStand we are dedicated to providing customers with affordable, sturdy standing desks. Whether you need a standing desk for your home office or you want to bring it into work every day, our lightweight standing desks are simple to assemble and perfect for those with a busy lifestyle.

 

Advantages of Our Bamboo Standing Desks

elegant collapsible stand up deskAt StandStand, we couldn’t be happier that people are getting on board with a more eco-friendly lifestyle. That being said, we use bamboo for some of our standing desks and our customers are thrilled. Not only is bamboo durable but it adds a bit of flair to any room.

Again, durability is one of the major reasons that people are head-over-heels for bamboo furniture. Unlike other woods, bamboo is resistant to the everyday wear and tear and can handle a beating (if you aren’t very gentle with your belongings, this is for you). If you plan on giving your standing desk a great deal of use, opt for our bamboo desks.

Resistance to swelling isn’t something that may cross your mind but consider when you will be using your standing desk. If you’re bringing the bamboo standing desk outside in the summer or you plan on traveling with it and using the desk outdoors, you must plan on the atmosphere changing. Humidity, dry air and temperature changes won’t have any negative effects on bamboo.

Bamboo is economically viable. What does this mean exactly? Bamboo grows in tropical zones and rural environments. By purchasing bamboo from these locations, we are helping to develop other economies. This also reduces industrial and urbanization impacts. Bamboo is ultimately helping with modernization!

Lightweight furniture has become increasingly popular and StandStand is on board. It’s easy to transport your bamboo desk, unlike heavier hardwoods. This is especially important with our standing desks as a majority of our customers are bringing their desks to and from work.

Maintenance isn’t anything you need to worry about with bamboo standing desks. Since bamboo doesn’t get as damaged from water, the wood won’t rot. It’s also termite resistant and all you need is a damp cloth when cleaning it off.

Purchase your StandStand bamboo desk today and see what everyone is raving about. Feel free to fill out our contact form if you have any questions!

Best Practices for Using a Standing Desk

elegant sit stand desk in bambooMaking moves to better your health? Then you’ve probably already purchased a standing desk. If you’re a first timer, don’t worry, getting adjusted can be a bit tricky. Just hang in there because you’re on your way to decreasing your risk of anxiety, depression, weight gain and high blood pressure. We’re here to help you get acclimated to your new standing desk.

Understanding Posture

Your neck, torso, legs and head should all be in line. Using a footrest to shift your weight between feet is going to make things a lot easier. Make sure to wear shoes that give you ample support.

Monitor Placement

Keep the laptop or monitor at arm’s length and the screen should be above eye level. If you wear glasses, the monitor can be lowered an additional 1-2 inches. You’ll also want the brightest light source off to the side. If you use two monitors, keep them in close proximity to one another and at an angle. However, if one monitor is used significantly more than the other, place the other monitor to the side.

Keyboard & Mouse Placement

The mouse and keyboard should be on the same surface and close enough where your elbows remain close to your body. When typing, the wrists should be straight and your upper arms close to the body. Using keyboard shortcuts can reduce the amount of mouse use and you can adjust mouse sensitivity for a lighter touch.

Roll Your Shoulders

Hunched, slumped shoulders are almost inevitable for those of us who have been sitting in an office for years. When switching to a standing desk, you may have found yourself with an awkward stance. Take 10 seconds here and there to focus on your shoulders. Move your shoulders forward, up and then as far back as you can. Make sure the shoulder blade slides gently down the spine.

Go For a Quick Walk

Whether you’re standing or sitting, being immobile is just downright bad for your health. Go for a quick walk, whether it’s five minutes or 20 minutes. Try a five-minute walk at least once an hour.

If you need more tips and tricks, stay tuned for more blogs! Fill out our contact form if you have questions or if you want to share your experience with us!

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How To Design a Minimalist Booth for CES

Just a few months after our Kickstarter campaign ended, we decided to join the big dogs at CES 2015, the largest technology industry trade show out there. As a startup, it can be a bit intimidating to set up shop next to the Samsungs and Qualcomms of the world, but we felt that a place like CES — with its tech-focused and design-loving attendees — would be the perfect spot to get the word out about StandStand, the portable standing desk that every techie should have to work smarter and healthier!

Like many other startups exhibiting at their first trade show, we felt a bit overwhelmed with the booth options at first. Should we go with the relaxed, lounge style? Or the super shiny tech feel? Or try to get as much sustainable wood in our booth as possible? How many StandStands should we have out for passersby to try out? Chairs? No chairs? Couch? Carpet? Flyers? Banners? Built-out displays? AHHHH!

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