Health Benefits of Fishing

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Health Benefits of Fishing

For many, fishing is a personal escape that provides great benefits for your mind and soul in the calming atmosphere.

Did you know that fishing is also an excellent physical activity as well?

Yes, if you are looking to keep your physical and mental body in shape and prolong your overall health, fishing is one of the best activities you can be regularly involved in.

Physical Benefits

If you are genuinely proactive and conscious about your fishing habits, this can be a great way to keep your physical body in great shape.

If you are lounging back in a lawn chair on the side of the pond with your line just sitting there however, you are not going to find too many physical health benefits from doing this for several hours.

If you are able to, consider going to a more remote location for your fishing where you have to hike back to a pond or river a couple of miles in.

Once you reach a spot like this, be sure you are standing up the entire time you are fishing and try and move around to different areas on the water. By constantly moving your body and finding different locations, you will not only increase your chances of catching a fish, but better your physical body.

These strategies can do wonders for your heart health, but you can also do great work for the rest of your body such as getting quality muscle workouts, exposing yourself to clean, fresh are, and getting natural vitamin D in your body from a little sun exposure.

Did you know that fishing can also have a tremendous effect on the overall health of your brain as well?

A study done in Japan showed that those who were exposed to the woods on a regular basis has significantly lower blood pressure and pulse rates.

Father and Son Fishing

Mental Benefits

One of the most obvious benefits for those who are fishing on a regular basis is the relaxed state of mind it puts you in. The calmness and serenity of being out on the water or in the woods alone can relieve a lot of stress you may be aware or unaware of.

Fishing can also help you boost your critical thinking and problem solving skills, while improving your overall mental fortitude.

If you haven't caught a fish in a while or keep hooking the same one and can't reel them in, this is naturally going to test your patience and overall mental strength.

Scenarios like this can help you figure out different ways to attack the fish from different angles and come up with alternative strategies in order to put yourself in the best possible position to catch the fish.

Once you do reel that big game in, your confidence can be boosted tremendously, which can lead to better performance in other areas of your life.

As the old saying goes, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

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  • John Harley