Studies show that sitting all day long can shorten our lifespan by at least two years. People who start new desk jobs often notice rapid weight gain as a result of all the sitting around. So why start kids in such unhealthy habits?
According to a new study by Monica Wendel (summarized in Good Education), director of the Center for Community Health Development, and her colleagues at the Texas A & M Health Science Center, first graders can handle the shift from working at traditional sit-down desks to spending more time standing. In fact, according to Wendel, standing "actually improved attention, on-task behavior, alertness and classroom engagement." 70% of the students never used their desks at all, while the other 30% used desks, but didn't sit at them.