Last week we took a look at how crafting can be a great form of therapy. Ready to learn another stay-healthy secret? Making crafts can be a great way to build your overall physical wellness! Get inspired by the health benefits of crafting and find out even more about how being a maker can keep you well.
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This week: Crafting keeps me healthy
In the second installment of our four-part series "Better Lives with Crafting," we're taking a look at how crafting can keep your body in tip-top shape. Forget cardio and crunches, you can build fitness with activities like photography, gardening and quilting! So, go ahead, trade in your hand weights for knitting needles because creating supports a life of vitality and overall physical wellness in a similar way.
Here's a collection of incredible stories from our members who use crafts as a way to stay healthy:
"I have chronic pain due to back and hip issues. When I am involved with sewing, crafting or painting, it helps to manage the chronic pain. You just don't think about it! I become more involved in what I am creating instead of what I am feeling."
"My right wrist and thumb were damaged and I lost part of my left index finger. Knitting, crocheting and sewing help with the stiffness and mobility problems."
"I am hemiplegic and sewing and knitting are important regular training to ensure that I keep mobility in my hands. And it is pure fun!"
"I have rheumatoid arthritis and it is especially bad in my hands. Ever since I started making jewelry, it has helped my pain level, and my joints feel better."
"I have tried several times to quit smoking. In July 2012, I gave it another shot. The trick has been to keep busy, so I began crocheting and working puzzles. I have made a lot of blankets and worked a lot of puzzles since then...but I am still NOT smoking. And I am saving money. Yarn is a lot cheaper than cigarettes!"
Has crafting helped you stay physically well? Share your story in the comment section below!