A recent article in the New York Times touted the health benefits of knitting. A doctor noted that “the repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga.” We also know that knitting and crocheting can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
The great thing about crafting is that your activity results in tangible and useful products. This enhances self-esteem. This creative fulfillment is one of the primary reasons people knit and crochet.
The rewards go beyond lessening anxiety and the satisfaction of creating items. Craft work helps to control weight. It is hard to grab chips or candy when your hands are holding needles or hooks. And there is less mindless eating out of boredom.
Another report indicates working with yarn helps arthritic fingers remain more dexterous. Hands also can become less stiff and painful if one has an autoimmune disease that causes hand pain. Activity like knitting makes it harder for the brain to register pain signals according to a wellness coach in England.
More good news: research suggests fiber crafting may help to stave off a decline in brain function with age. A study in a scientific Neuroscience Journal found that people engaged in knitting and crocheting had a diminished chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.
And the final bit of good news is that sustained social contacts help to support health and longevity. The Knit-Wits group welcomes new members at any time. We offer friendship, learning new techniques, sharing ideas and help with projects, and you can work on your own projects or charity knitting; it’s up to you! We meet Wednesday mornings from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the HOA One Arts and Crafts Center, Room 4. Stop by and see how we maintain our health.