When you think of physical activity, fishing isn’t usually the first sport to spring to mind. But in reality fishing can burn calories, strengthen muscle tone and improve overall fitness. Studies have shown that fishing also boosts mental health in a number of key ways. Read on to find out more.
By going fishing your main muscle groups, heart and lungs are all getting a good work out. Choosing a fishing spot that is a long trek from the car is an obvious boost to aerobic exercise (lower body), but setting up, casting off and winding in all lead to physical exertion (upper body). Your fingers, forearms and wrists will also be exercised and general dexterity will be improved.
It’s a whole body work out without the drama of going to the gym. You might not have even noticed it!
Even when skies are grey – which they often are – being outside means your body can top up on critical Vitamin D reserves. Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It has also been linked to fighting depression.
Being outside improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Walking in nature or simply spending time under leafy trees leads to changes in the brain which improve levels of concentration
40% of adults lie awake at night through stress but just being near water has been proven to lower anxiety. More and more charities are realising this and starting to utilise the therapeutic benefits of fishing to treat post-traumatic-stress-disorder and other illnesses.
When you join an angling club you become part of a community, whether you take part in competitions or just nod a greeting to the angler on the next peg. You can join in as much, or as little as you want to, but being around like-minded people in a rural environment is a great way to spend the day.
Fishing is all about personal goals, and attaining those goals is a sure fire way to improve self-esteem. It’s also a lifelong skill which can be enjoyed at any age. Every angler remembers their first catch. Just look at the way their eyes light up when they talk about it.
Get away from the TV, the games console or the tablet. Let your eyes rest on the gently lapping water, enjoy the sights and sounds nature all around and relax.
Last date edited: 17 March 2016