When Knitting & Crocheting can have a surprising impact on your health.
Knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, and lots of other string-based crafts have been popular for eons.
In the past knitting was a mast so you can have warm clothes and blankets, now it is a hobby people of all ages enjoy. It is always satisfying to make things with your own hands.
It is proven that knitting has mental, physical, and emotional benefits. If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Those who knit know how nice it is to relax after a long day with their current project and just be still for a little bit. It is really soothing!
Why knitting and crocheting?
Knitting and crocheting might seem like crafts of the past, but in fact, knitting has experienced an uptick in popularity among people of all ages.
But a part of being a useful skill. What else is knitting doing for you?
1. Lowers Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
It is really relaxing to have a good session of knitting. Relaxation lowers levels of stress hormone cortisol. This hormone in excess is harmful to the heart and stress causes all kinds of other nasty health problems too.
2. Keeps fingers nimble
When knitting your fingers make a number of small, precise movements rapidly. This is great for keeping the finger joints flexible and the muscles in the hands toned and steady. Amazing for maintaining mobility in those with arthritis.
3. Improves math skills
Yes! Knitting is all about counting, multiplying, measuring and patterning which are all math skills. Well, to be honest, you do that subconsciously, but the effect is the same. Stronger Mathematical skill.
For many (me included) the practice of knitting is meditative and allows the mind to pause, refocus and soothes worries.
5. Sharpens Memory
Just like with Math. Knitting is all about remembering what you are doing. What color stripe comes next. How many rows go into which part of the project? It makes your brain actively rely on its memory and the more you use it, the stronger your memory becomes.
6. Helps manage pain
Knitting is a skill that requires focus. Which means that you have to concentrate on it and not on say, pain. People with chronic pain may find that knitting allows them to think about something other than the discomfort and makes them less aware of the pain for at least a little while. I am not talking about physical pain. People with clinical depression and eating disorders also reported feeling better after taking up knitting.
7. Reduces Mindless Eating
If your hands are busy you cannot reach for food!!!!! Your hands are occupied with the project and so you are not scooping up chips.
8. Keeps your brain healthy for years
Studies have shown that among older people, those who knit or crochet had a decreased chance of age-related memory loss, people aged 70-89. Studies showed that they had the healthiest brains and memories. Knitting helps the brain create and maintain the neural pathways that keep the mind and memory sharp.
9. It gives a sense of purpose
Having a project gives you a goal and sense of purpose. It is a great inspiring feeling. Even better you are creating handmade gifts for friends and family or creating necessities like scarves and mittens for the needy. The feeling of creating something for someone you care about is deeply fulfilling.
10. Boost confidence and self-esteem
When you finish something you have a physical thing that you can hold up and look at and say “I did that”. You can turn a piece of yarn into something wearable!!!!! That is awesome my friend and you are awesome for doing it!!!!
11.You get a One-Of-A-Kind piece at the end
Along with a sense of accomplishment and ability, you also get cool craft when you are done with a knitting project! And the best part is that there is no other one like it in the world.
Do you knit or crochet?
Would you like to start?
Let me know in the comments and show me some of the things you have made.