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Take your brain to the gym with knitting

February 15, 2024
By Janina Kallio

Knitting: A workout for the brain

We’re all familiar with the calming effects of knitting and how it helps us unwind after a long day.

But did you know that knitting also gives our brains a superb workout? Yes, it’s true! Knitting isn’t just a soothing hobby; it’s a brain booster in disguise.

Studies suggest that this delightful hobby of ours can delay age-related memory loss and keep our minds sharp. It’s like having a secret weapon hidden in your knitting basket. Who needs Sudoku when you have a knitting pattern, right?

Knitting: A workout for the brain

Knitting involves a combination of concentration and motor skills, which is like taking your brain to the gym. Yes, with each stitch, your brain cells are doing their own version of weightlifting. Plus, you can enjoy a glass of wine while working out!

A symphony in your brain

Every time we follow a pattern, make a stitch, or even untangle a bit of yarn, we’re engaging multiple areas of our brains. Think of it like an orchestra where every section plays its part – our memory, attention, and problem-solving skills all come together in harmony. It’s a full-scale workout for our grey matter!

Healthy ageing with knitting

For those of us in our middle years and beyond, knitting is not just a way to relax and create; it’s also a proactive step towards healthy ageing. The repetitive motion and the focus required to follow even the simplest patterns provide a gentle yet effective workout for the brain. This mental engagement is crucial for maintaining cognitive function, especially as we get older.

Your secret superpower

Next time someone condescendingly sighs “I wish I had time to knit”, flash a knowing smile and say it’s a vital part of your workout routine and your secret weapon for a strong, healthy brain.

Not that we needed another reason to love knitting, but isn’t it great to know our favourite activity is doing so much good?

Ready for a brain workout session that feels as divine as a hot bubble bath after a long week? (Glass of wine optional.)

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