Getting Out – Part 2 (May 17, 2017)

Fishing A Good Catch

If birding wasn’t your perfect excuse to enjoy the great outdoors, how about fishing?

Of course it will give you a great reason to get some fresh air and, with any luck, you will catch yourself a healthy meal but the benefits definitely don’t stop there. Fishing will also provide an opportunity for family bonding, teach you patience and promote relaxation (the jury may be out on that last one depending on your competitive streak), but it also has been shown to have very direct health benefits.

  1. Improves Cardiovascular Health

Fishing burns an average of 200 calories an hour, depending on the kind of fishing you are doing. Of course for full benefits, don’t rest on your laurels, or your beer cooler. Move around to find the perfect spot, recast and of course reel in your catch.

  1. Boosts your immune system

Being out in the sun, of course with protection, will increase your vitamin D which aids your body’s immune system in defending against infections.

  1. Improves Balance and full body strength

Casting and catching fish requires balance, especially if you are in a boat or canoe. Such repeated exercises have been shown to improve your core strength and benefit flexibility. Additionally, anyone who has battled even the lowly bass knows that it may feel like you are the protagonist in Hemingway’s the Old Man and the Sea, fighting a Marlin. A great workout for your shoulders, arms, back and legs.

  1. Improves your mental health

If all that wasn’t enough, recent studies by the NHS in the UK found that “fishing therapy” improved health outcomes for mentally ill patients dramatically. Fishing truly is Mindfulness implemented.

So why not try your luck and cast a line for your health?

Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT

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