Knit Your Way To Good Health

Thought we would share an article we found about “what knitting is doing to your health that you probably knew about“.   If you knit you probably already know about the therapeutic value of knitting.  It keeps your hands busy and is soothing, right?  And you can knit almost anywhere I’ve learned.   A hobby that is productive, creative, and you can take anywhere, including those boring teacher education days we had to endour (as a 20-year veteran science teacher I know).  The article listed the following benefits…

1. Knitting relieves stress. Forget yoga or jogging, grab some yarn and knitting needles and get to work. Listener reports that 73 percent of people who knitted three times a week (or more) felt less stress and were able to organize their thoughts better.
2. Knitting relieves symptoms of depression. Knitting stimulates the brain and can help relieve symptoms of depression, according to the The Washington Post. A study actually discovered that 81 percent of knitters felt happier when they were done with their knitting sessions.
3. Knitting helps slow cognitive diseases. The Washington Post also reports that neurological activity produced by hobbies such as knitting actually reduced the effects of some diseases and slowed cognitive decline.

4. Knitting improves motor function. Using knitting needles could help improve motor function for patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to The Washington Post. This is likely tied to strengthened muscles and muscle memory associated with knitting skills.
5. Knitting eases anxiety. According to the Listener, the rhythmic nature of knitting helps your body produce serotonin (a body chemical associated with calmness and happiness). Additionally, using two hands requires your brain to focus entirely on the job at hand so you can’t think or worry about anything else.
6. Knitting can help with weight problems and eating disorders.One 2009 University of British Columbia study found that women who knitted could turn their attention away from eating and weight loss, so it can be very helpful for anorexia patients. It might also help people who want to lose weight: Since it keeps you busy, you don’t have the time and you’re not bored enough to keep munching.
7. Knitting could boost your memory. Psychology Today reports that moving your eyes from side to side for 30 seconds at a time every day can boost your memory, and knitting definitely requires some serious eye movement!
8. Knitting is therapeutic for mothers of premature babies. Some hospitals encourage new mothers to try knitting a hat for their premature babies. The act of knitting helps relieve stress, and it keeps mom’s hands occupied. This is particularly helpful for moms who can’t hold their little ones for several weeks, according to The Washington Post. But it even helps fathers. A dad of a preemie daughter told The New York Times that “learning how to knit preemie hats gave me a sense of purpose during a time that I felt very helpless. It’s a hobby that I’ve stuck with, and it continues to help me cope with stress at work, provide a sense of order in hectic days, and allows my brain time to solve problems.” Knitting can also help to cope with other types of health crises.
So join me in knitting your way to good health.  Check out our list of yarns at our website www.sierrawools.com.
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