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: Fishing for Your Health: There’s More to it Than You Might Think

Fishing for Your Health: There’s More to it Than You Might Think

Recruitment Specialist

I had a slightly non-traditional upbringing. I grew up in a place where a trip to the grocery store was a full day-long event and the closest mall was an hour and thirty-two minutes away without traffic. We had only two seasons, summer and cold fronts, which attributed to a frigid 70-degree January.  There was only one road with a single lane going north and a single lane going south, which coincidentally was the only thing that connected us to the continental United States. Yep, you got it, I grew up in the Florida Keys. And I know what you're thinking--yes, people do actually live there.

Growing up in the middle of nowhere meant you had to learn pretty quickly how to take advantage of your surroundings, and this includes using your surroundings for health purposes. Fishing was how we spent every nice day from an early age. When kids got to a certain age, they started going out with their friends instead of their parents, similar to how teenagers from other areas of the country went to the movies. Aside from being just a fun way to spend the day, a fishing trip is sort of like a metaphor for a healthy lifestyle!

First off, fresh fish is supremely healthy, and you can't get any fresher variety than what you can pull out of the water yourself. According to Dariush Mozaffarian, a researcher for Harvard University and the Brigham and Women's Hospital, fish or fish oil intake reduces total mortality by 17 percent. The benefit is mainly attributed to omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s:

Fish also have a high concentration of other vital nutrients. But, in case those tidbits weren't enough to convince you to go find Nemo, did you know fishing is a great workout? I absolutely despise the gym. I find it boring and smelly. However, fishing can be a great way to get in some true exercise. It allows you to spend an entire day (or night) outside in the fresh air. In addition, it allows for quick bursts of rapid exercise whenever you hear the words "fish on!" This exercise targets your arms, legs, abs, back, and everything else. It is a true full-body workout. With the ample time for resting, it allows your body to recuperate between exertions and therefore push yourself harder when needed. The goal of knowing you will have a tangible reward for this effort further enhances this ability and produces greater results. Crossfit? Yeah, that's never going to happen for me. But I will reel in a fish that weighs more than I do (even if I can't actually pick it up once I get it to the boat… see photo documentation).

Corinna 1

 

Over the years, I became somewhat of a fisherwoman. Check out page 57 of the November issue of Florida Sportsman magazine for verification (that is shameless self-promotion). 

 Corinna 2

 

However, this past summer I moved to Maryland, approximately 1,714 miles away from my hometown and hours away from the nearest beach. The last time I ate fish, it came off the back of a truck that parked outside of my office building during lunch. I may not be able to get out onto the water as much as I'd like to, but if you have the time, patience, and access to a boat, it's one of the best things you can do for your health.

 

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