Psychologist Bradley Busch has said that pedals under desks would work better for “adults in office” rather than in a school, after a Primary school in Suffolk installed pedals under desks to encourage “an active lifestyle”.
Mr Busch, who is Director of Inner Drive, which helps people to achieve their full potential in education and sport told talkRADIO’s Mike Graham: “I would expect it to work better in an adult setting like an office because adults are better able to self-regulate and manage their thoughts and behaviours a bit better.
“So they can make better choices.
“I am not sure how it is going to go in a school, we will have to wait and see.”
Red Oak Primary school in Lowestoft, Suffolk has installed pedals under the desks of some pupils to tackle “childhood obesity”.
The pedals have been put into the classroom of one Year Three classroom, for children aged seven and eight.
The school says the initiative has been such a success that it will be introduced for a further 330 children.
The pedals are said to have produced better behaviour and improve concentration among the pupils.
‘Is this the best use of our funds’
Mr Busch said: “I am sure the school has been very thorough in their risk assessments.
“The big question with any intervention in schools is everything takes time and takes money so – is this the best use of our funds?
“This school obviously think it is. From a research perspective, I am on the fence a bit because trying to do two things at once doesn’t often lead to better learning.
“So it is going to be a real challenge to see how they monitor that. They have said it is the children’s choice.
“Most people don’t choose to do hard tasks, they choose to fun activities.
“So it might be a good outlet when children don’t want to pay attention.”
The desk pedal exercisers, which have been in use since September, have a digital display that indicates exercise time duration, calorie consumption and revolutions per minute.
Mr Busch added: “Does that information help me learn maths or punctuation and grammar better? I don’t think so.”