#1 – Lower Blood PressureAccording to Dr. Herbert Benson, knitting induces a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. Effects of this state include lowered cortisol levels and, subsequently, reduced blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major factor in heart disease – especially among the elderly. This makes knitting a true life saver!
#2 – Increased DexterityIf you're ever tried knitting, you'll know that it's a real workout for your hands – especially if you're trying to finish whatever you're making sometime within the next century. All that work builds the muscles in your hands. Over time, this provides you greater grip and dexterity. The best part? As Eugene Schwartz writes:
Recent neurological research tends to confirm that mobility and dexterity in the five motor muscles, especially in the hand, may stimulate cellular development in the brain, and so strengthen the physical instrument of thinking.How cool is that?