To Your Health: Gone fishing? You’re in good company

fishing2Fishing is usually portrayed as a sport reserved for retirees. But in reality, a huge (and diverse) chunk of Americans say they fish for fun.

More precisely, 46 million Americans report fishing at least once a year, more than the combined total who play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million).

And fishing has grown in popularity.

According to the American Sportfishing Assocation, the number of people who fish in the United States is up by 11 percent since 2006.

So what gives?

One of the reasons more people are picking up fishing rods could be a greater interest in getting outdoors — and doing something while you’re there.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said some 91 million Americans ventured outdoors in 2011 to fish, hunt or wildlife watch, up about 4 percent from 2006.

fishingFishing is also good for your health.

It’s something a variety of people — with a range of fitness levels — can enjoy, and the activity can relieve stress (and give you a nice emotional boost when you reel one in).

Plus, you do burn calories when you fish. You’ll burn about 134 calories an hour with standard fishing, more if you’re fishing along a river bank (which includes some walking).

And finally, of course, there’s the added benefit of potentially being able to catch your dinner.

One comment

  • Lots of folk I notice fishing around the shore are doing it because they need the food. Whether or not it’s safe to eat the fish they catch. But if you don’t have that pressure on you, fishing is a great way to mellow out and de-stress!


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