Ok people, I have something to confess. I know there are others like me out there so I feel this is a safe place to talk about dark secrets.
I am addicted to knitting. I don't mean a little bit or in a balanced way, I mean seriously, deeply, addicted to knitting. So much so that I can spend an entire day (sometimes 18 to 20 hours) sitting in front of Netflix, wrapped in a blanket, and knitting, knitting, knitting. Not only do I do that at least one day a week but I know that I can knit like that for several days at a time. Not sure even if there would be a time when I would quit voluntarily.
(I would love to find my knitting threshold, what a great year that would be!)
I know that there are others like me out there, we are a good group. We love the knitting process, the simpleness of it all, and the comfort it gives us. I want you to think back to one of the long knitting marathons you have had and remember when you reluctantly had to put that knitting down and stand up. Do you remember how much your body complained? How you realized your shoulders were bent in so long and once you stretched your body out you gave that groan of pain. Your hips are stiff, your fingers are in permanent claw position and you limp your way from your happiness? Well this bog is about that stand up moment.
Let's talk about the risks of sitting too long. The Mayo Clinic states:
"Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns. They include obesity and a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that make up metabolic syndrome. Too much sitting overall and prolonged periods of sitting also seem to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer." Yikes! This doesn't look good for us knitters. Maybe this is taking it too far because we don't get to knit all day every day but the inactivity is something I thoroughly enjoy about my knitting addiction so it makes me pause. Is my addiction actually harming me?
I found an article that talked about the "dark side of knitting". Have you ever heard of this? This was a new concept to me. The article was on the Psychology Today Canada website and you can read the full article here. As with anything, too much time spent on any one thing can be harmful to us. I have come to the conclusion that I need to be conscious of my time spent on the couch so that I don't go to the dark side.
These are some things we can do:
1. Take a walk while knitting. This gets you out of the house, breathe, see the world a bit when you drop a stitch.
2. Stand and knit. This gets the blood flowing a bit. Shake a leg, kick up your heels, dance a jig.
3. Ride a stationary bike while knitting. Break a sweat.
I think all of these are achievable. How about you?