Discover 11 Health Benefits of Knitting and Crochet

I found this interesting article on the fashionoholic website, published on 3 October 2016, discussing 11 different ways in which knitting and crochet can benefit your health.  It is still relevant today!

“Crocheting, knitting, and other thread crafts have been used for thousands of years. While knitting was once done for necessity to make blankets and clothing, it’s now an enjoyable hobby that millions of people of all ages have learned to enjoy.

Knitting or crocheting can be far more than a hobby, though; they come with a range of health benefits to help you feel better every day and enjoy greater mental health as you age.

If you’re not already a knitter, these perks may just give you the reason you need to pick up a new hobby.

1. Boost Math Skills

Here’s a surprising but nice perk of picking up knitting: you can sharpen your math skills! Crocheting and knitting involve patterns, measurement, multiplication, and counting.

The good news is all of this math is done subconsciously. No need to exhaust yourself over math problems; you can hone your math skills and engage your brain while relaxing with a new hobby.

Crochet and hearts

2. Reduce Your Blood Pressure & Heart Rate

Prescriptions and diet aren’t the only way to support heart health; crocheting and knitting are also powerful tools to help your heart stay healthy.

The relaxing benefits of crafting reduces levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that hurts the heart and circulatory system.

Taking blood pressure
Busy knitting

3. Keep Fingers Nimble & Joints Mobile

Crocheting, knitting, and similar crafts require small, precise movements, usually executed quickly. This repetitive exercise is great for keeping your finger joints flexible and your hand muscles toned.

It can also help maintain mobility if you have arthritis.

Admiring knitting

4. Reduce Anxiety

For many people, the repetitive and calming practice of knitting can be meditative. According to a 2013 survey of over 3,500 knitters around the world, more than 81% said they feel happier after knitting.

5. Sharpen Your Memory

Crocheting and knitting require remembering what you’re doing and where you are in the project, including how many rows go into each step of the project and which color comes next.

Knitting engages many parts of the brain, including memory, to keep your neurons firing and neural pathways engaged.

Memory

6. Fight Mindless Eating

Do you find yourself wandering to the kitchen for a snack, even when you’re not hungry? Put your hands and brain to better use and fight this mindless eating by taking up a new hobby.

People who crochet are less likely to engage in mindless eating because their hands are occupied with their project.

Cakes
Enjoying knitting

7. Give Yourself a Sense of Purpose

Do you feel like your days don’t have much point? Throwing yourself into a project can give you a goal and a sense of purpose each day. The closer you get to reaching your goal, the better you will feel.

Creating something for yourself or someone you love is a very fulfilling goal and it can give you something to look forward to every day.

Knitting progress

8. Manage Chronic Pain

Surprisingly, knitting can even help you manage chronic pain by giving your mind something on which to focus. At least for a little while, knitting or crocheting can give you something to think about and make you less aware of your pain.

Knitting doesn’t just work with physical pain; people with eating disorders, depression, and other health problems can also enjoy the benefits of knitting.

9. Reduce Age-Related Cognitive Decline & Memory Loss

Numerous studies have found that crocheting or knitting has real benefits in terms of preventing memory loss and cognitive impairment.

Baby crochet trainers

10. Improve Your Self-Esteem & Confidence

Few things give you a shot of confidence like completing a project. Knitting is a skill you can master and it gives you physical proof of your accomplishment. You can even put this new skill to use to make hats, scarves, and more for yourself and your friends.

Crochet hat
Waiting with wool

11. Create Usable Items

Along with the health benefits and the sense accomplishment you can enjoy with crocheting or knitting, you’ll have a nifty and one-of-a-kind craft when you finish. Whether it’s a scarf that goes beautifully with your favorite outfit or a gorgeous sweater you can gift to your best friend, it will be something you made with your own hands.”

 

Busy crocheting

So you can see why knitting and crochet are so popular, as well as being good for your health!

Here are a few other resources you might want to look into about the health benefits of knitting and crochet:

The New York Times

The Epoch Times

Little Things

So now you know!  There are knitting and crochet patterns on this website, so while you’re here, why not browse?  Enjoy, and benefit your health too!

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Crafty Cavy Crochet Patterns

 

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