5 Reasons to De-Stress with Boating and Fishing
It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is already in our rear-view mirror. And if you’re like most Americans, the pace of your day-to-day life may be picking up with the kids back in school and sports, and pressure at work may be getting more intense as you head into the fourth quarter.
Halloween is just around the corner, and before you know it, you’ll be getting together with family and friends over a big meal and exchanging gifts. There are a lot of “to do’s,” a lot of commitments and not much time!
Before you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the end of the year, make sure to set aside some time to decompress and slow down the hectic pace. Boating and fishing are two activities that may help you relieve some stress.
- A study compiled by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) shows simply being near water can naturally help lower anxiety, leading to a healthier and more relaxed lifestyle.
- 90 percent of kids who spend time outside say that being in nature helps relieve stress, according to a poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy.
- And while 75 percent of teachers feel that students who regularly spend time outdoors are more creative and better problem solvers, only one-third of high school students get their recommended levels of physical activity, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
- Fly fishing can lower post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and increase the mood of those who suffer from the disorder, according to Rivers of Recovery.
- Boating is ranked as one of the top three of all stress-relieving activities, according to Discover Boating.
- Boating and fishing offer great opportunities to exercise, which is proven to reduce stress, Mayo Clinic says. For instance, whether you’re throwing a cast net for bait, reeling in a hefty fish, holding up a trophy catch or managing a boat’s anchor or trolling motor, fishing is exercise, and can help you blow off some steam. Propelling kayaks, canoes and rowboats can be a great workout for arms and back muscles. Some kayaks even can be peddled instead of paddled for leg exercise.
In addition to helping with stress relief, when you purchase your fishing license or register your boat, you’re contributing to important state efforts to conserve natural aquatic areas.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan some time on the water now, before it gets too cold!
Want more information? Check out this infographic from the RBFF.