When you think of fishing, you no doubt have a preconceived vision of what it’s all about. Some see it as a sport or an obsession, while others see it as a hobby to do with friends or in solitude – no doubt accompanied by an adult beverage of your choice. It can be all those things, but did you know that it can be healing to your soul and beneficial to your body? No…well, let’s talk!
- It has fitness benefits! Yes, it may not seem like much of a workout to cast your line and reel it back in – but do that for about two hours and you’ve given yourself a low-impact cardio workout without ever setting foot in a gym. Head down to the local pond and reel in a couple of fish. Once you get the hang of that, try more active techniques like fly fishing. Up for a real challenge? Try your hand at pelagic fishing offshore for the full body work out!
- Fresh air detoxifies our lungs. Spending time in nature with a fishing pole fills our lungs with clean air that is rich with oxygen.
- Being around water is especially good for you. This is because moving water produces negative ions, tiny charged particles that have been shown to boost the immune system, increase metabolism, and regulate your sleep patterns.
- A boost of Vitamin D. That’s right – being out in the sunshine can also boost your immune system and your mood. But, don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Unplug…we live in a fast-paced, app-filled world where focusing on one thing has never been more of a challenge. Fishing has a mindful, meditative effect on the brain. According to a 2012 study, even a single trip can improve short-term concentration. Repeated sessions can build up a person’s attention span more permanently, helping them do better in education, work, and generally throughout their lives.
Other added benefits are making time to spend with buddies, eating healthier (if you’re taking your catch of the day home!) and bonding with your family on fishing trips.
So, there you have it! It may all sound like the biggest fish story you’ve every heard, but give it a try. Throw caution to the wind, take a day off and cast that line – what do you have to lose?