11 Ways Knitting Can Keep you Healthy

  1. When your hands are busy, your hands will stay focused on the here and now.
  2. The repetitive motion of needlework can induce a relaxed state like you would get with meditation and yoga.
  3. It can lower heart rate and blood pressure and reduce harmful blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  4. Craft activities can result in tangible and often useful products that can enhance self-esteem.
  5. It can give you a sense of purpose.
  6. It allows your brain time to solve problems.
  7. Knitting and other crafts can help smokers give up the habit. Your hands are just too busy to smoke!
  8. It can help with weight control since when hands are holding needles and hooks, there is less snacking and mindless eating out or boredom.
  9. Handcrafts can help arthritic fingers to remain more dexterous as you age.
  10. Knitting makes you feel happy : )
  11. As you age, it may help to stave off a decline in brain function. It can reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment and memory loss.
Here I am knitting a giant blanket with homemade PVC pipe knitting needles. In this case, knitting is also good for building arm muscles!!