KNIT your way to bet­ter health

Destiny - - Health spy -

Once con­sid­ered the pre­oc­cu­pa­tion of tan­nies and go­gos, knit­ting’s been found to of­fer ex­cel­lent health ben­e­fits – and is mak­ing a big come­back as a hobby

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search, knit­ting can re­duce anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion, chronic pain and slow de­men­tia – plus you get a fancy new scarf or jersey for your ef­forts!

Knit for Peace, a net­work of over 15 000 people in the UK who knit for people in need, de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate the ben­e­fits of knit­ting af­ter many mem­bers re­ported im­proved over­all health since tak­ing up the hobby.

This cor­re­lates with older, more sci­en­tific stud­ies done by the Har­vard Med­i­cal School’s Mind & Body In­sti­tute, which found that knit­ting low­ers the heart rate by an av­er­age of 11 beats per minute and in­duces an “en­hanced state of calm”, sim­i­lar to that of yoga. More­over, a 2011 study done by the Mayo Clinic of people over 70 found that those who knit­ted had a “di­min­ished chance of de­vel­op­ing mild cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment and mem­ory loss”.

Knit for Peace’s find­ings found that knit­ting offers dis­trac­tion from chronic pain, while the repet­i­tive move­ments re­quired for it re­lease sero­tonin, which can lift moods.

And given the rise of so­cial me­dia, an­other bonus is that com­pe­tent knit­ters can start a lu­cra­tive busi­ness or de­velop a sec­ond in­come stream if they can sell their prod­ucts online.

So get those nee­dles out and cast on!

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