It’s not just for grandma!
People who have been knitting, crocheting, lace-making, and doing string-based crafts have known that these hobbies are therapeutic for years.
Back in the day, knitting was necessary for making warm clothing and blankets; now it’s a craft that people of all ages enjoy and consider fun.
But it’s more than making scarfs, string art, and doilies, there are actually many health-boosting benefits. As it turns out there are mental, physical, and emotional benefits to picking up needles, and string.
Most people who knit not only do it for the awesome projects they produce but to relax and tune out the stress of the day. It’s soothing, while still being productive.
So don’t be afraid to pick up yarn, lace, or a string-based craft and start working on some Christmas gifts!
In case you need more convincing, check out the benefits you’ll be getting by breaking out the crochet needle.
1. Lowers heart rate and blood pressure
If you knit or crochet, you probably know how relaxed you feel after wrapping up a good session which is not only relaxing but healthy.
Relaxation lowers levels of stress hormone cortisol, which, in excess, is harmful to the heart and circulatory system, and stress can cause all kinds of other nasty health problems, too.
2. Keeps fingers nimble
Knitting and crocheting require a number of small, precise movements, often executed rapidly. This repeated exercise is great for keeping the finger joints flexible and the muscles in the hands toned and steady.
It might seem counterintuitive, but keeping the fingers moving by knitting is excellent for maintaining mobility in those with arthritis. Just make sure you don’t overdo it and take plenty of stretch breaks.
3. Improves math skills
Knitting, crocheting, lacemaking, and many string-based crafts are all about counting, multiplying, measuring, and patterning. These are all math skills.