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!