Knitting Benefits Your Brain And Body

With its calmingly repetitive motions and satisfyingly tangible results, knitting has long been hailed as a healthy hobby. Its effects on mood are overwhelmingly positive: one 2013 survey found that it boosted happiness in 81.5% of the more than 3,500 knitters who participated. It can reduce stress, increase focus, and cause feelings of pride and security in people who are anxious. Knitting can have physical benefits as well, such as lowered blood pressure and a decreased heart rate.

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  1. Knitting can reduce anxiety by refocusing your brain. 01:09

  2. Knitting has the potential to slow cognitive decline in the same way as playing board games and learning to play an instrument. 01:34

  3. One study demonstrated that knitting has positive physical effects, including improved blood pressure, heart rate, and saliva production. 02:14

Written by Curiosity Staff November 25, 2015