Though fishing is called a sport, it is often overlooked as a form of exercise. In actuality, fishing burns calories and works out the arm, back, core and leg muscles! Furthermore, this precision based sport challenges your mind, which in turn works out your brain to sharpen your mind and improve memory!  Fishing also requires spending time outdoors which is a natural stress reliever and helps to improve your overall state of mind! Let’s take a closer look at the healthy benefits that fishing can provide!

Fishing Is A Total Body Workout!


Fishing is a great way to work out your entire body! Now, it depends on what kind of fishing you are doing to determine how many calories you are burning, but as long as you are being active, you are burning calories! You can also consider in other activities such as: Did you have to walk to get to where you are fishing? Maybe you are kayaking or canoeing? What about the landscape you are transversing?

These body parts get the most workout while fishing:


Your leg muscles are probably the most used muscles while fishing. Fishing requires moving over terrain, squatting and sometimes walking, climbing or wading. You use your leg muscles for balance and support while climbing over rocks, wading, and pulling in that big fish!


Activities such as casting and pulling in a fish work out the muscles in your hands, wrists, forearms, biceps, triceps and shoulders. You also use your arm muscles while carrying all of your gear!


You work out your lower back muscles and upper back muscles, especially while fighting a fish! Using good posture while waiting for a bite aids in back support!


Scrambling over rocks strengthens your core muscles as well as fighting off a current if you are wading.

Again, you can factor in other activities such as rowing, hiking, heavy wading or climbing.

Wading is a Big Additional Health Benefit!




Wading can be a big part of fishing, and it is important to note the additional health benefits that it creates! Anyone who has ever waded in a creek or stream knows that navigation can be tough! Sometimes it takes everything that you have to keep your balance. Slippery rocks add to this challenge as well as swift water currents. It is said that light wading can burn up to double the calories per each hour period!



Spending Time Outdoors~ A Natural Stress Reliever!fishing

Spending time outdoors is a natural pastime that has been enjoyed for centuries! Studies show that outdoor time relieves stress, reduces anxiety and contributes to a more balanced state of mind. Take a look at the research results found by the U.S. National Libray of Medicine

How does it work?

  • Being outdoors raises your vitamin D level, which is good for your mental and physical health.
  • You get more exercise which helps to relieve tension that can cause stress and anxiety.
  • Interacting with nature can improve cognition.
  • Puts you in a relaxing state which helps to restore balance and creates a more peaceful state of mind.

Spend More Time With Your Loved Ones!fishing

Spending more time with you loved ones in an enjoyable setting is said to do wonders for your emotional well-being! 

Furthermore, fishing is great for any age, so it can be an activity that the entire family can enjoy!

Getting out more with your family and friends allows you to leave behind the stresses of everyday life and really set your mind free!

It always feels good to catch up and talk with others close to you.

Your children will never forget the time that you spend with them!


In conclusion, get outside and fish!


Robin and The ZEN Team!



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*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have and seek proper medical treatment.

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