How Knitting Made me Fitter

Let’s face it, knitting isn’t the most active hobby a person can have. Sure, there’s lots of little movements but clicking two sticks together doesn’t actually build much muscle. Despite that I am grateful to knitting for giving me the ability to get up and get fit.


Knitting and getting fit have a few important things in common.

  1. You don’t see immediate results.
  2. It can be frustrating but worth it.
  3. There are large groups of people involved in supporting the hobby/fitness.
  4. You’re gonna really suck when you start out.

I’ll admit I have always been one for instant gratification. It’s a miracle knitting ever stuck to me but it’s been at least three years now and I’m still going with no sign of stopping or even slowing down. It’s made me realise that if I stick with something I’ll get better at it quickly, especially with dedication and accountability.

Accountability is the idea that if someone has their eye on you, you’re more likely to stick to your goal. For my knitting projects I have either the person I’m knitting for or the people I know at my knitting group/on Ravelry. Oddly enough, I have found the Fitocracy Cheerleading group on LSG to be incredibly helpful too. There are a bunch of intelligent knitters all chasing down fitness as a goal and that is what has spurred me on.

Without knitting, I would not be a member of LSG. Without their support, I might have given up when my knees seized up or when I had an anxiety attack at the gym. But I didn’t. And because I’m a knitter I’ve learned patience so even though I’m not seeing huge differences (yet), I know getting stronger is going to be a long and gradual process.

I think I’m okay with that.


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