Learning how to knit is not just an activity to simply pass your time or a daily compulsion that you need to meet at the end of the day. In many ways, knitting is much more than a craft meant for senior citizens.
Unlike the stigma associated with knitting, it can be touted as the most ‘perfect’ hobby one can take up in their life. It’s a hobby that can be shared by people of all ages, genders, regions and so on. It does wonders on your mind, body and soul while also giving you something to cherish for the rest of your life.
Let’s take a closer look at knitting and understand why it is the best hobby one can take up.
Keeps your brain sharp
Several neuropsychiatry studies conclude that knitting can come as a perfect activity to keep your brain challenged and enable mental cognition while fighting illnesses such as dementia, depression, anxiety and more. While you are knitting, several parts of your brain are working in coordination with one another which helps keep It occupied and overtime, improves cognition.
Lowers blood pressure
Heart disease is one of the most prominent diseases of the 21st century. Fortunately, knitting is directly linked to fighting heart conditions. Harvard Medical School’s Mind and Body Institute states that knitting ‘induces a relaxation response and lowers the heart rate by an average of 11 beats per minute’. These statistics are comparable to meditation, yoga and other stress relieving activities you can take up.
Knitting involves repetitive and rhythmic motions which trigger the release of ‘happy’ hormones in your brain. They include serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin to name a few. These hormones are directly associated with a calmer mind and well-being. This is also one of the reasons you can see that people who knit are much more at peace and less cranky although they lead stressful lives.
Helps you socialize
The hobby of knitting can expose you to a number of knitting communities across the world with whom you ca