Quilting Gives You A Workout You Won’t Get At Your Step Class
From the Quilters Mart ‘Best On The Web Team’
Here is an interesting article we came across recently from Jill Smith of Ezine Articles. Apparently quilting offers surprising health benefits - who would have thought!
Researchers at the University of Glasgow published their findings in the
peer-reviewed Journal of Public Health after conducting qualitative research using a local quilting group as their source. The end result? "Quilting seemed to possess some distinct properties for enhancing well-being that would not be replicable through outdoor/physical activity." In other words, that's dry research speak for saying quilting gives you a workout you're not going to find in your local step class.
It seems that when we are quilting we release the ‘happy chemicals’ saturating our brains with dopamine and serotonin.
Quilting also decreases stress although I know some of us would disagree specially when we are getting close to holiday season and our project is way behind schedule.
If you're more into quantitative proof, a clinical psychologist published research in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing evidence that quilting leads to decreased blood pressure, heart rate and respiration.
…according to Harvard neurologist Marie Pasinski, MD, quilting is a soother for the brain. The Glasgow research echoes these sentiments, with the participants saying that quilting was a (relatively) easy way to embrace creativity, and the use of different colors and textures gave them a "sense of wellbeing."
Social inspiration is another element that keeps us quilters mentally fit and creates a positive outlook.
Finally, getting that tangible end result is a built-in reward that offers plenty of satisfaction and the feeling of achievement. During the social aspect of quilting as a group, the women said they felt inspired and all those compliments don't hurt when it comes to getting a self-esteem boost. Quilting is "uniquely good for you" concluded researchers - a sentiment that's obvious for quilters, but it's quite the rush to get a nod from the world of academe (kind of like nailing that tumbling blocks pattern on your first try).
So how's that for a little quilting inspiration. Who knew you were improving your health at the same time as indulging in your favorite craft.
- The Quiltersmart Team