Study: Engaging in DIY Projects and Gardening Can Cut Your Risk of Stroke by Up To 30%

Study: Engaging in DIY Projects and Gardening Can Cut Your Risk of Stroke by Up To 30%

Here’s how working on the car and planting a new garden could save your life.

Millions of people are currently crafting through the day, in America. We see the beautiful results on Pinterest and Youtube, at local craft shows, in our friends’ kitchens and on sites like PBS’s Craft in America.

What’s the real allure? As many know, crafting allows you to lose yourself in the moment. You can forget about the stresses in your life, if only for a few hours, and focus on something positive forming in the material in front of you. And it’s not all in your head- or your hands.

In fact, the benefits of engaging in Do It Yourself (DIY) projects are so beneficial, medical experts say they could actually save your life.

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A study published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that taking up a DIY project or gardening can cut your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke by as much as 30 per cent among people aged 60 years and older.

(And presumably, the activities also do some good for the younger set).

Activities that count include things like woodworking, berry picking, car maintenance and other daily projects that can get you up on your feet, and moving.

Sit-down crafting activities can help to reduce stress, and those that require you to stand and lift or bend some have the added benefit of a bit of exercise.

The key is to keep active and involved. Not sure what to do? Check this link for additional ideas.

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