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.