Fishing. How It ‘Makes People Feel Better’

What Science Says About Fishing and How It ‘Makes People Feel Better’

The once ‘boys club’ hobby, fishing, can actually bring more benefits than just whiling away time. Fishing is one of the most accessible outdoor sports, which almost anyone, regardless of age, fitness ability, or level can join.

Fishing LadyThe Outdoor Foundation as well as the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation has reported that more than one third of the 46 million Americans who go fishing these days are women. Diversity in ethnicity and age is also increasing.

Those who fish for sports or for spending quality time with their granny on a Sunday get benefits for their well-being and health in several ways.


Fishing can keep you physically fit, although indirectly. Activities such as hiking, biking, and paddling are good for the heart, even if they are only done for just a bit. Fishing can be a physical activity, as well, depending on the person who does it. President Janna Superstein of fishing firm Superfly International, Inc. told The Huffington Post, you don’t need to be active in fishing. Just doing it, spending time outside, will already be advantageous, as it is a good start to a fresh healthy lifestyle. It can even help people age gracefully.

Fly fishing, which involves bogus “flies” and a weighted line, and is beneficial to those who are recovering from breast cancer. Groups such as Casting for Recovery mix education of breast cancer with fishing as part of their exercise, support, and therapy. It says the slow motion of fly casting is similar to the usual exercises prescribed after radiation or surgery to stretch soft body tissues. Fly, saltwater, and freshwater fishing are among the favorite outdoor activities, according to Outdoor Participation Report in 2013.


According to Mayo Clinic, fish is full of nutrients and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure, stabilize irregular heartbeats, and help prevent asthma, arthritis, breast cancer, stroke, and heart failure. Eating fish enhances brain function and is also good for the eyes and skin.

Stress Reliever

Fishing can be relaxing, and helps with de-stressing, thanks to the gentle sound of waves and line tugging. The relaxing benefits and sense of excitement from such activity relieves pressure, says CEO and President Frank Peterson of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Relaxing is important for physical and mental health.

Long Life

Eating fish and fishing are both healthy, thus, leading to a long and healthy life. Japanese people who live long credit their lifespan to a diet of vegetables and fish. Japanese women are expected to live an average of 87 years, according to the World Health Organization; while Japanese males expect to live about 80 years.