Fishing is a sport that is both relaxing and exciting. People often overlook this sport as a great way to burn calories while enjoying the great outdoors. Most people are under the false impression that fishing is merely waiting for a fish to take the bait. However, there is more to fishing than that.
There are many kinds of fishing that will challenge you mentally and physically. You can kayak in the open ocean, searching for yellowfin tuna. Or you can wade in a mountain stream stalking salmon or trout. There is a kind of fishing for all types of people regardless of their interests and level of experience. Fishing will always keep your body and your mind fully engaged. Fishing allows you to relieve stress and stay healthy while enjoying the great outdoors.
Advantages To The Body
Fishing is an excellent way for you to exercise. Whittney Thoman, Senior Exercise Physiologist says, “The more you are active, the more you decrease your risk for chronic diseases, including cancer.” This is a benefit that is not evident to many, mainly because when they think of fishing, they believe it only involves sitting and waiting for the fish to bite. But fishing includes other activities as well. Walking to a remote lake is a great way to exercise. Then there’s a half-day spent wading in a mountain stream and going against the current. You will also be frequently casting and reeling. And in certain types of terrain, you will be climbing boulders and hopping from rock to rock. Going to the gym can burn calories.
An hour spent on a treadmill can burn two hundred fifty calories. But many people do not enjoy going to the gym. Fishing is an enjoyable way to exercise. A half-day of fishing can burn between five hundred to one thousand five hundred calories, and you are enjoying yourself the whole time.
Fishing is not just good for burning calories. It is also suitable for exercising various muscles in your body. Walking and trying to keep your balance exercises the muscles of your legs and feet. It is also an excellent cardiovascular exercise. Casting and rowing exercise the muscles of your arms and hands.
Advantages To The Mind
“Human reconnection with the natural world is of immense importance in living to our full potential. Research shows the inarguable effects of “humans on nature”, from increased attention and focus, communication and relationship skills, and faster recovery times from illness and disease, to the decreased use of medication.” Dr. Carlene Taylor, LMHC, LPC, CPCS, NCC said. Fishing allows you to reflect and to meditate. It forces you to slow down and to enjoy Mother Nature. Different people have different reasons for going fishing. Some go fishing to catch food for their families. Some go fishing for sport. Some go fishing to socialize and bond with family and friends. And some go fishing to immerse themselves in Mother Nature. Whatever their reason is, everybody who goes fishing finds it to be a calming and relaxing activity.
Because of the calm and relaxation that one obtains from fishing, many therapists and counselors recommend fishing as a therapeutic activity for people who lived through a traumatic experience, people suffering from a chronic illness and veterans.
“Physical wellness is affected by physical activity, healthy nutrition, and adequate sleep.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC said. However, fishing is challenging, and it requires your complete attention. Experts state that fishing forces an individual to forget any internal conflict he may be experiencing because fishing requires him to concentrate on the activity. Fishing requires creativity and critical thinking, and this helps the individual escape from anxiety, depression, and stress.
In a clinical study involving veterans of the Iraq War, some of the veterans were asked to go fishing for two days. Their cortisol levels were measured before the activity and after the activity. It was reported that for three weeks after fishing, their cortisol levels were lower. They had a better time sleeping. They experienced less anxiety and depression. And they were at lower risk of exhibiting symptoms of PTSD such as sadness, fear, hostility, and guilt.