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Fishing isn’t usually regarded as a way to exercise or burn calories despite the fact that it’s very effective at both.

It’s very rewarding, exciting, and relaxing all at the same time.

How Can Fishing Improve Physical Health

Activates Various Muscles Groups

A lot of muscle groups are activated when you’re fishing.

  • Arms

This includes the arms in activities such as rowing the boat, casting the line, and reeling in the fish.

When you cast, the triceps (the 3 muscles on the back side of the arm) give you the pushing power.

On the other hand, when you’re reeling –especially a bigger fish-, your biceps fire up.

  • Shoulders

Furthermore, the shoulders also get a lot of engagement as they’re used to hold the fishing pole up and add some push to the casting process.

  • Back

Moreover, the back –especially the lower back- is also engaged as you wade with the correct posture. Stabilizing you and powering your cast, the core muscles are very important for making sure you get the fish.

  • Legs

The legs also have an important role in fishing. First off, they get you to your fishing spot. You also activate the leg muscles when you’re trying to walk against the currents or balance yourself on slippery rocks.

And generally, the stronger your legs, the longer you’ll be able to stand.

  • Core

Finally, the core is engaged while you’re fishing including your abdominal muscles in the effort to balance yourself.

Fishing For Weight Loss

Believe it or not, you can actually lose weight while you’re fishing as it’s known to burn a lot of calories.

Of course, we’re not talking about inshore fishing or fishing on a boat.

But sometimes fishing includes activities such as wading, hiking, reeling and casting repeatedly, and even climbing or boulder hopping.

If you get involved in those activities, you can burn from 500 to 1,500 calories without even realizing it.

So fishing is actually comparable to going to the gym and running on the treadmill. Only when you’re fishing, you’re enjoying the physical activity that doesn’t feel like much of a chore.

Mixing between physical and mental well-being, what else would you look for in an activity? Grab a spin reel and set sail.

Targeting Small Muscle Groups and Enhancing Motor Skills

Add to that, fishing is a great way to activate small muscle groups that aren’t usually used as well as to improve your motor skills.

As you walk through rough terrains and slippery rocks, resist the currents, and keep your balance, you build strength in muscles and tendons that usually don’t get targeted.

This includes the feet, ankles, shins, and calves.

Moreover, climbing up steep slopes or riverbanks strengthen larger muscles in your legs such as hamstrings and quadriceps.

Moreover, these activities help you improve your cardiovascular health, especially at high altitudes.


Moreover, fishing helps you build up and improve the coordination between your hand and eye as you aim for the right spot to cast your line.

In addition, it helps the overall coordination of your body as you have to balance yourself and stay stable.

This also increases the accuracy of your aiming.

Fishing Improves Your Mental Health

And it’s not just your physical health that is positively affected by fishing but also your mental health.

Being out in nature is proven to reduce the risk of mental illness. Furthermore, fishing, in particular, is linked to lower levels of cortisol for a sustainable period of time.

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