11 Ways Knitting Can Keep you Healthy

A little light relief and a good tip too, Autumnacorn talks here about the delights and benefits of knitting. The same applies to any craft really, I have found crochet very useful as the repetitive motion is calming and learning to follow patterns has helped me with memory issues, I also enjoy the fact that there is an end product – I give a lot of mine away as gifts which spreads the joy.

Other things that I have found helpful are walking with a group (lots of groups on meetup.com) and going to dance/exercise classes.

If anyone else has any suggestions please feel free to add them in the comments.


  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…

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