Unless you are blessed with a spouse who loves to fish as much as you do, getting permission to hit the water is not always easy to get.
But that’s because you are going about it all wrong – instead of trying to convince the mister or missus that you need to hit the local fishing hole to try out your new rod or that the current weather is simply too perfect to ignore, you need a better argument.
Fortunately, we’ve got just the right one: Bass fishing is good for your health.
Scientists and doctors alike are in pretty consistent agreement about this, and there’s no shortage of research to support it. In fact, one study after another show that in several indirect, yet very real ways, you can improve your health by chasing bass around your local reservoir.
1. Bass Fishing Provides a Great Workout
No, you won’t burn as many calories fishing as you will running, lifting weights or hanging sheet rock, but fishing will help you burn more than surfing the web or patrolling your couch will. In fact, because bass fishing often involves lots of casting and retrieving, it requires you to invest a lot more energy than fishing for catfish or bluegill does. Nevertheless, you’ll surely burn the most calories while battling big fish, so get out there and catch a monster – it’s important for your health.
2. Sunshine Helps Support Your Immune System
Nobody likes being sick, but fortunately, fishing is once again here to save day. It turns out that exposure to unfiltered sunlight helps to energize the body’s immune system, according to new research by Georgetown University Medical Center. No matter how healthy you are, your immune system could always use a helping hand, so grab your rod, hit the water and help your immune system out.
3. Bass Fishing Gets You Away from the Chaos of Modern Life
Between your job, traffic, familial obligations and the indignities of navigating the 21st Century world, you are probably a bit stressed out. Many of us are. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly one in ten Americans suffers from some type of anxiety disorder. But by spending a morning or afternoon chucking and winding a spinnerbait (or your Zen-lure of choice), you can decompress and give your body and mind a breather.
4. Fishing Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Hypertension is a serious health concern that increases the risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, among other things. It is treatable with medication, but lifestyle changes can also help reduce blood pressure too. One great lifestyle change you can make is to spend more time in the great outdoors. And if you are going to be outside, you may as well be around a gorgeous body of water. And if you are going to be around a gorgeous body of water, you may as well be casting a lure out in front of the resident bass.
5. Bass Fishing Gives You a Chance to Spend Time with Friends and Family
Spending time with those whom you hold dear is wonderful for your health. If nothing else, it promotes familial harmony, which reduces your day-to-day stress level and makes it more enjoyable to spend time with your family. Besides, if you bring the family along on your fishing trips, you can stop worrying about convincing them that you need to go. You can just tell everyone to grab their gear and load up the car. It’s time to get healthy. It’s time to go catch a few bass.