Fishing is undoubtedly the most inclusive sport. Anyone, no matter their age, income, or even fitness level can join in on the sport. It no longer is a past time of the boys club as it once was, over one-third of America’s 46 million fishing enthusiasts are women, according to report released by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Outdoor Foundation. The diversity within the sport broadens itself daily, and it’s for good reason. Here is how fishing leads you to a healthier lifestyle.
A Fish Inclined Diet is Great for Nutritional Health
It is understandable why those who fish return the fish back to the water, although those who consume the fish will receive added nutritional health benefits that the counter does not. Fish is a great source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which lower the risk of stroke, heart failure, and decrease blood pressure according to the Mayo Clinic.
Fish can moreover protect your eyesight, reduce the risk of asthma, and protect you from those harmful rays you’re collecting from the sun while you’re outside. Some research even suggests that eating a healthy pescetarian diet can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Moreover, Japanese women, who have the longest life expectancy in the world credit their long lifespan to a diet rich with fish and vegetables.
Fishing Helps You Get Fit, The Old Fashioned Way
There is an underlining truth within the old classic “It’s about the journey, not the destination”. Assuming you’re not taking a motor boat to your fishing destination, the process of getting where you need to go by paddling, hiking, or biking can thoroughly get your heart rate up. Moreover, spending the time outdoors makes you mentally more fit, especially as you naturally intake vitamin D from sunlight.
Fishing Reduces Stress
Of the 9% of Americans who have joined the fishing community, 38% of them claim that they do this as means of relieving stress. Understandably so, the gentle sound of waves and tugging along your fishing rod is enough to push stressful thoughts out of your mind.
When you fish, you have to be attentive. You have to be present in the given situation to observe what’s going on with the fish in order to catch them. This in itself is stress deducing as research shows that focusing on one task at hand can be a fast track to stress reduction.
A study conducted in 2009 shows that fishing can lower PTSD symptoms while increasing the overall mood of those who suffer from the disorder. The study reported a decrease in the reduction of stress, feelings of hostility, and guilt.
Fishing helps us unplug. On a daily basis, we are so absorbed with our day to day lives that we forget to eat healthily, and burn through hours of sunlight by balancing stressful jobs and unhealthy routines. Fishing is a great way to reset your mental and physical capabilities.
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