Research findings detail how design can encourage people to be more active and energized - via sensory experiences, floor plans, and furniture, for example.
Increase Physical Activity
Design can make it more likely that people will move from floor-to-floor in a building using stairs instead of elevators/escalators—for example, by locating stairs in more prominent locations.
ABW influences worker experiences in meaningful ways
Olafsdottir and her colleagues evaluated the effects of recreational walking in different settings on the mood and stress levels of university students.
Zhang and colleagues investigated the effects on cognitive performance of working at a treadmill desk.
Marquet and colleagues link working in a walkable area and employee physical activity.
Lusk, Filho, and Dobbert studied the landscaping preferences of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Researchers linked working in open bench seating areas to users’ daytime stress (perceived and physiological) and activity levels.
A more nuanced "cure" for workplace sitting
Legrand and colleagues have learned that exercising is good for the mental wellbeing of depressed people, whether those depressed people exercise indoors or outside.