There is an extensive amount of research showing the positive effects of exercise, in general, on the brain and its ability to greatly increase academic performance, cognitive functioning, mood, standardized test scores, focus and attention, and productivity. The following research findings highlight the benefits of an active learning and flexible seating environment:
Light intensity exercise while learning improves cognitive recall (Schmidt-Kassow, et al., 2013).
Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics (Freeman, et al., 2014).
The use of the standing desks is associated with significant improvements in executive function and working memory capabilities (Tengler, 2016).
Bicycle-style desks reduce the effects of ADHD and improve focus (Verret, 2010).
Quick activity breaks while learning can "reset" the brain and improve attention, cognitive performance, and productivity (Anderson, 2014).
"Brain Rooms" have shown to increase test scores and academic performance (Phitamerica, 2013).
Acute exercise improves mood, focus, and reduces stress (Sandoiu, 2017).
Students engage 12% more during class just by standing.
Students who are inactive for long periods show hindered cognitive development. The result – poor performance and limited attention span.
Students in active classrooms show improved performance on tests.
Movement in the classroom:
Fuels neurogenesis — the creation of new brain cells.
Strengthens neural connections.
Increases the production of brain chemicals, which increases mood.
Allows students to refocus and pay attention better.
Improves working memory.
Lowers cortisol levels, which reduces stress.
Increases cognitive processing speed.
Improves spatial skills needed to read letters from left to right on a page.