I have been fishing since I was a little girl. My dad taught me how to fish and it’s something we have continued to enjoy together for years. I love having time on the water with my dad and people I love most to talk, and at times just be quiet together.
Fishing also gives you a way to connect with nature, and the fun and challenging thing about fishing is that you must develop a strategy to be successful…where are you going to cast your line? What kind of bait will you use? When will you set the hook? How fast will you reel in? All these things will determine whether you get the fish in the boat or whether you go home without dinner.
For those of us that enjoy fishing, we all have our reasons why we love it, but not many people realize that fishing provides many mental, emotional, and physical benefits! When I read this article from Outdoor Empire it confirmed my suspicion that fishing can make you a healthier and happier person. I particularly like #4, 6, and 8!
Burn Calories While You Fish
Regular activity and exercise are undoubtedly important for your health, but many people struggle to find activities that are fun and keep their interest. It can also be challenging to find activities that are fun to do on your own, and don’t require you to coordinate with anyone else.
But fishing actually fits this bill perfectly. You can fish on your own, whenever you like, and it is a fun way to spend the day. In fact, as doctors and researchers have discovered, fishing actually provides a number of important health benefits, and represents a great hobby for people of all ages.
For example, while fishing is not exactly a high-intensity activity, it will help you burn calories – particularly if you move around a lot while doing so. In fact, because it allows you to be active in a low-impact manner, it is a perfect option for those recovering from an injury or those who are a little older. Fishing also gives you a chance to stand up for long periods of time, rather than sitting on your rear end all day, which has been linked with a variety of health problems.
While exercise may not be at the top of your list for reasons you fish (I know it’s not for me), it’s exciting to read about all the other health benefits of fishing, including a few that are rather surprising. Be sure to check out Outdoor Empire’s comprehensive list of health benefits of fishing and let me know what you think in the comments below!
Tammy Houston says
It caught my attention when you said that fishing offers a variety of benefits because it’s something that can be done by a person whenever they feel like it, a fun way to spend the day, as well as aid in burning fat and calories. I like the fat burning part because I noticed that I have been gaining a lot of weight recently. I did think that fishing was interesting, but I didn’t expect that it will help to reduce calories, so I put the idea on hold. Now, I know that I can proceed with my plans. Thank you.
Frank Delaware says
My dad has always loved to fish, and I was curious about the benefits that it could actually be bringing him. I had no idea that it can actually help you recover from injuries and feeling old! Since he is getting older, this might be something that could revitalize his youth!
Juris Ainsworth says
It got my interest when you said that since fishing is a low-impact sport, a person will not only avoid injuries but actually burn a lot of calories just by doing minimal movements as well. I guess my mom was right when she said that I should at least try to go fishing every weekend if I want to get thinner. I will surely give that sport a try, but after I get myself a guide and learn how to throw the line first. Thanks!
Celestia Stratheimer says
It was great to know that fishing is actually a low impact sport that involves a few movements that greatly help in burning calories and preventing a variety of health problems. To be honest, I have been interested in fishing for some time now, but I do not want to do it alone. Now that I know that this can help lose weight, I am quite sure I can get my sister to accompany me. Thanks for sharing this!
Dio Marsaille says
It was really nice to know that fishing is actually a low-impact exercise that a person can do to burn calories even if they are recovering from an injury. I really thought there was no way for my brother to continue his workout considering that he is recovering from an elbow injury. It was really nice that I came across this article since I learned a lot. I might even join him for this one since I am also looking into burning fat.
Amy Winters says
I’m glad you pointed out that since fishing burns calories without being high-intensity, it’s a great option for older people or those recovering from an injury. My husband and i have been looking for new activities to try together, and I think we’d both really enjoy fishing. I didn’t know about all the health benefits that fishing offered, so thanks for sharing!
Lindsey Banks says
I’m glad you found it helpful Amy! Enjoy fishing!
Ellie Davis says
Thank you for pointing out that fishing is a great way to get out and get active and you can do it alone. My husband loves to fish and is wanting to get a new fishing charter. Hopefully, he can do some research and find the best place in our area to get it.
Dean Phillips says
I thought it was interesting how you said that fishing provides a way to connect with nature. My wife and I are going to have a lot of spare time during our weekends, and we want to participate in an activity we have never done before. It sounds like fly fishing is something that we would both enjoy doing during our weekends.
Rosie Beckett says
My husband and I have always wanted to learn how to fish in the ocean so we are thinking about going on a fishing charter. I did not realize there will be so many benefits for us when it comes to fishing like the fact that it is good exercise! Plus, it will give us the chance to escape to nature and relax while learning a new skill.
Lindsey Banks says
You definitely should go for it! You’ll love it!
Tori Raddison says
I had no idea that fishing could help you burn calories even though there’s not a lot of moving around involved. That’s good to know because I’m trying to lose weight but I hate exercise. My dad has invited me to go fishing this weekend though, so that’s perfect!
Angela Waterford says
I wasn’t really into fishing until I realized that it seems like a competitive sport that I can join so that I can fish for big fish that I can also eat, and I find that it might be a good hobby to have that I can get with my kids to bond with me during vacation. In my opinion, I think I should try looking for a charter that I can hire so I’ll get pointers on how to get the best fish that I can get when I join fishing tournaments. Since you mentioned that it’s a great sport for those who are a little older as well, I might encourage my parents to join me.
Bob Newton says
It’s good that you highlight the health benefits of fishing. I’ve been looking for a way to live a healthier lifestyle, so I’m considering taking a sport fishing trip on my upcoming vacation to Hawaii. I’m going to look for a good provider of sport fishing trips in the area.
It is glad to read your article. A wonderful blog that’s really good, inspiring, and helpful too. Hope you will keep sharing more of your ideas.
Nelson Fogerty says
It’s good that you point out that fishing is a great way to burn calories. I’m trying to lead an active lifestyle, so I’m considering booking a fishing charter. I’m going to look for a good fishing charter company in my area to use.
rachel frampton says
My husband and I are planning to go on a fishing trip this coming weekend, which is why we’re currently looking for a boat that we may rent for the said activity. It’s interesting to learn that fishing may help me burn calories due to the long duration of standing. Although, I agree with you that this type of activity will also give us a chance to connect with nature.