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DavidSydney63 03-28-2013 09:33 AM

health benefits of knitting
 
I was reading the (rather extensive) article about knitting on wikipedia and was thrilled to read this, under "health benefits" (I've pasted it here and it's not in breach of copyright as it is WELL under 10% of the whole article.


Studies have shown that knitting, along with other forms of needlework, provide several significant health benefits. These studies have found the rhythmic and repetitive action of knitting can “help prevent and manage stress, pain and depression, which in turn strengthens the body’s immune system”,[37] as well as create a relaxation response in the body which can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, help prevent illness, and have a calming effect. Pain specialists have also found that the brain chemistry is changed when one knits, resulting in an increase in "feel good" hormones (i.e. serotonin and dopamine), and a decrease in stress hormones.[37]
Knitting, along with other leisure activities has been linked to reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Much like physical activity strengthens the body, mental exercise makes our brains more resilient

knitcindy 03-28-2013 09:49 AM

FINALLY!!!!! Something "science-y" we can use to PROVE we're being healthy!!!!!

knitcindy

GrumpyGramma 03-28-2013 10:54 AM

Yeah, we already knew that, didn't we? LOL I liked crochet but it never seemed to have quite the same effects that knitting has. Twisting up yarn seems to untwist my mind.

Jan in CA 03-28-2013 11:51 AM

:thumbsup:

Antares 03-28-2013 02:21 PM

Now if we could just get the scientists to prove that knitting also helps with housework, I think we'd be set for life to knit contentedly away with no distractions (at least until a new study comes out disproving all of the above)!

GrumpyGramma 03-28-2013 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Antares (Post 1373284)
Now if we could just get the scientists to prove that knitting also helps with housework, I think we'd be set for life to knit contentedly away with no distractions (at least until a new study comes out disproving all of the above)!

...at which point I'll simply choose to ignore it! :)

I have noticed that advice moms have given for years will surface as something newly discovered and beneficial by scientists and doctors. Just listen to mom, grandma, aunts...be ahead of the game. :thumbsup:

Paulaque 03-28-2013 08:03 PM

I know that knitting in the middle of a bad flare really helps me to use up the "fight or flight" hormones that get released during the flare, which sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes cuts down on the length of the flare.

Jan in CA 03-28-2013 11:02 PM

Speaking of housecleaning...Years ago when my cousin had a baby I made her a crewel embroidery picture that said this-

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
Cause babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep

N0obKnitter 03-31-2013 05:29 PM

I've read that knitting is helpful for people with anxiety (me.) I find it soothing and keeps my mind kind of occupied.

I also feel that groping my stash feels excellent, too.

Also, check this out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19367130/

DavidSydney63 03-31-2013 08:08 PM

thanks for posting that article, N0obKnitter! Also, the little critter that crawls about your signature had me swatting my screen at first ... ha ha


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