KNIT your way to better health
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!