Fishing Your Way To Better Health

The daily professional and family demands placed on modern citizens can become stressful at times. Taking regular vacations can be a simple way to help relieve your stress. If you are looking for a vacation that allows you to relax while spending time in nature, then visiting a fishing lodge can be beneficial. Not only will you be able to unwind while spending time at a fishing lodge, but engaging in fishing activities could actually be beneficial for your health.

Here are three health benefits you will enjoy when you choose to spend your next vacation at a fishing lodge.

1. Fishing can be a great low-impact exercise.

Regular exercise plays a critical role in helping your body stay strong and healthy. Unfortunately, exercise is often one of the first activities eliminated when someone's daily schedule becomes too hectic. Statistics show that a whopping 80% of Americans aren't getting the recommended amount of exercise on a regular basis.

Fishing provides the perfect opportunity for you to engage in a low-impact physical activity. You often walk to prime fishing locations, wade through water, and cast your line several times during each outing. These activities can increase your heart rate and condition muscles without requiring too much effort.

2. Fishing can help lower your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is associated with a number of negative physical conditions. Finding ways to lower your blood pressure can be beneficial in reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

When you make the choice to vacation at a fishing lodge, you benefit from being in a forested area. Scientific research shows that what the Japanese have dubbed Shinrin-yoku (roughly translated to mean "forest bath") is associated with lower levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone), lower blood pressure and pulse rate, and lower sympathetic nerve activity. So engaging in Shinrin-yoku by scheduling time at a fishing lodge will help you gain more control over your health in the future.

3. Fishing can increase vitamin D exposure.

Vitamin D, which can be acquired through exposure to natural sunlight, plays a vital role in maintaining healthy bones, strengthening blood vessels, and regulating hormones. 

If you work in an office environment, you may not spend enough time outdoors to get adequate vitamin D through natural sources. Vacationing at a fishing lodge allows you to spend ample amounts of time outdoors, soaking up the vitamin D-rich rays of the sun.

Understanding how beneficial fishing can be for your overall health will make it easy to see that your next vacation should be spent at a fishing lodge, such as the Lodge of Whispering Pines.