Knitting is not only a lot of fun, but can even have positive effects on your health.
Knitting is relaxing
This is e.g. how the physician Dr. Herbert Benson from Harvard Medical School that knitting induces states of relaxation that can be compared to those of a yoga or meditation class. This fact is due to the steady hand movements and the concentration on the craft.
Knitting trains your memory
Many fear memory loss, especially as they get older.
And even then there are good news, because knitting is not only as meditative as a yoga class, it is also pure brain jogging!
In 2011, the brain researcher Yonas Gedas published a study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, according to which people who do manual labor have fewer problems with their memory. Even the risk of pathological memory loss - a preliminary stage of Alzheimer's disease - in manual activities such as knitting should be reduced by a full 40 percent!
Why is that? The researchers suspect that knitting may promote the development of nerve pathways in the brain and thereby help maintain cognitive health.
The two halves of the brain are better linked with each other through the rhythmic movements of both hands. Thus, knitting is a long-term, inexpensive memory training that has it all.
Knitting helps you lose weight
Knitting can also replace one or the other trip to the gym.
Knitting needles aren't nearly as heavy as dumbbells but knitting keeps your hands busy - which in turn distracts you from reaching for the bag of chips.
But that's not the only reason knitting is supposed to help you lose weight. Some life coaches already offer knitting as a learning method in order to better deal with everyday stress. Because stress is known to cause the cortisol level to rise sharply - which stimulates cravings. The stress hormone cortisol is in turn broken down during knitting and this indirectly promotes healthy eating behavior.
By the way: Knitting can also help you quit smoking in the same way.
Knitting promotes mental health
According to the University of British Columbia, which looked at 38 women who had eating disorders and attended knitting classes, a full 74 percent of subjects said they felt less anxious about knitting and kept them from thinking about their problems all the time.
In three quarters of the test subjects, knitting has been shown to lead to a significant improvement in their condition.
Knitting can therefore help against eating disorders, but also other mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety disorders - not only in the short term, but also in the long term and without the use of medication.
Would you have thought that knitting can have so many positive effects on your health?
But all the better - now knitting is even more fun, because you not only create wonderful works of art with it, but also do something good for your body!