So you want to start improving your health. What is the first step? Maybe you start going to the gym or you try power walking around the mall. Maybe you buy some diet books and start incorporating vegetables into your meals. Or you take up yoga or tai chi. These are great, but there could be another answer to good health. Turns out, the simple act of knitting can provide some wonderful health benefits. It is cheaper than a gym membership too. Read on to learn more about the benefits of knitting in old age!
Knitting Helps To Reduce Stress
Knitting makes use of a repetitive motion much like the ones found in yoga. Therefore, it offers many great relaxing benefits too. While learning to do the stitches can be hard at first, people who have conquered the learning curve will find that knitting or crocheting can help to reduce stress, lower heart rate, and decrease blood pressure.
Knitting Can Boost Self Esteem
There’s nothing like creating something from scratch so you can feel good about yourself. While meditation and yoga provide some of the same relaxing benefits, knitting provides a tangible payoff in the form of a scarf, hat, or sweater.
For many people, creating new things from nothing can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Simply looking at what they have made can boost confidence and provide some happiness for people who try knitting.
Knitting Can Help You Maintain Your Weight
Many people tend to eat out of boredom. And many more eat when they feel stressed or lonely. Over time, such emotional eating habits lead to potential weight gain, which brings a negative impact on the quality of life. It is a good thing that craftwork, such as knitting can help to control these urges. By using your energies for something constructive and positive, like creating, it is easier to avoid emotional food cravings. You will then eat only when you are hungry, rather than when you are stressed or afraid.
Knitting Can Keep Arthritis At Bay
If you notice your hands starting to get arthritis as you become older, knitting can help with that too. Knitting requires repetitive movements of the hands, so this can help the fingers and joints to stay dexterous in your later years. This means an increase in daily comfort and fewer arthritis symptoms.
Knitting Can Prevent Cognitive Decline
According to a study, participating in cognitive activities like knitting can prevent cognitive decline. The study found that older adults who engaged in craftwork had lower rates of memory loss and cognitive impairment. It is obvious that something as simple as knitting will help greatly in improving your mental health, staving off the cognitive decline that comes with age.
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