The health benefits of knitting may surprise you. Read on to discover our top 7.
1. Stress Relief
As we focus on the rhythmic process of knitting we are offered a distraction from our internal landscape. Sinking into a comfy chair and enjoying the repetitive action of the craft induces a state of relaxation that has similar benefits of meditation or yoga. This process lowers the heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels.
2. Mood Boosting
Repetitive motion can enhance the release of the mood regulating hormone serotonin. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to anxiety and depression which could help explain why knitters report feelings of calmness and happiness.
Knitting naturally encourages us to keep our fingers gently moving which builds up cartilage and strengthens the joints. If you have arthritis, using larger needles could help, as could soaking your hands in warm water before you begin.
4. Chronic Pain Reduction
Since knitting requires focus and concentration, it can help to distract from pain. Our brains can only process a certain amount of information at once and so by focusing on needlework it makes it harder for our mind to register pain signals.
5. Addiction Support
Knitting engages both the mind and the hands, making it more of a challenge to smoke, eat or drink at the same time. Knit to Quit is a successful therapy program in Canada, focusing on smoking addiction.
6. Brain Training
The dynamic nature of knitting stimulates almost the whole brain at once. Because of this, cognitive impairment is slowed down and fine motor skills are improved, meaning it is seriously beneficial for supporting people with Parkinson’s as well as lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s or other dementia diseases.
7. Cultivate Connection
Some of our greatest friends have been made through knitting! Knitting can be a very social activity if you want it to be. Joining a local knitting circle can be a fantastic way to meet like minded people and combat loneliness.
If you would like to join a group and discover more about the benefits of knitting, why not book onto one of our courses. All the information is here.
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