Is knitting good for your health ?

Is knitting good for your health ?

Is knitting good for your health ? We look at some interesting facts and finds relating to knitting and crocheting.

They are in fact very good for you, yes we agree knitting and crocheting are not quite like running around the block or going to the gym, knitting good for your health and mental wellbeing.

 

  • You have a feeling of pride and achievement.

Showing off your work to friends and strangers gives you an enormous feeling of pleasure and achievement.

People will be in awe of what you have made and will undoubtably want items made for themselves and their children, solves the “what do I buy my friends for Christmas”.

  • Relieves stress, anxiety and depression.

The modern world is full of stressful and depressing events, a battle to catch train or recent terrorist event, events make you feel stressed, depressed or anxious, what can be done apart from medication?

Sit down and grab those needles, knitting and crochet help to reduce blood pressure and lower your heart rate, in turn relaxes you and making you feel happier.

  • Knitting and crochet are like yoga for the mind.

When you knit or crochet, apart from feeling relaxed, the mind zones out as you repeat the stitches and the repetitive rhythmic motion just like meditation or yoga for the mind.

Meditative practices can lower heart rates, blood pressure , also can alleviate the symptoms associated with hypertension, insomnia, depression and anxiety.

  • Stimulates your brain to keep it healthy.

According to the Mayo Clinic, ageing people who engage in crafts such as knitting and crochet are less likely to have a “mild cognitive impairment” than those who don’t.

Knitting stimulating your brain, is proven to be better than reading newspapers.

Don’t read knit a jumper.
  • Good for your joints.

Amazingly knitting is good for fingers, hands , I always thought it could wear out my joints, but the more you use them the better they get.

Alton Barron states
Moving the joints of the fingers forces fluid to move in and out of the surrounding, sponge-like cartilage, keeping the joints well-hydrated and minimising the risk of arthritis, well I never.

If only I could knit with my toes too

Alton Barron also states, if you let a joint sit, not only does it get stiff, the cartilage loses structural integrity and starts breaking down.

Also if you already suffer from arthritis. Alton Barron recommends soaking hands warm water loosening joints before use, also choosing easier to hold thicker needles.

 

Now you know about the benefits of knitting, maybe it’s an ideal time to take up knitting or crochet.

We want to hear about your experiences with knitting or crochet. Please submit your replies and comments below.

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Xena Knits make no medical claims for knitting or crochet.