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Fishing is Good for You, Duh!

Many of us have said for years that fishing is good for you, good for mental health, and yes, even good for physical health.

We ain’t making this stuff up!

In recent years there have been several studies that have found that time spent outdoors provides many health benefits.  Recently, Fox News ran a story, Fishing trips are great for your mental health, new study says.

Let me post a few quotes from that story:

Moreover, a study from the University of Michigan suggests that being in nature not only improves your mood for the time, but also has positive long-term effects when it comes to depression and memory, as well as decreasing the risk of certain cancers and high blood pressure.

So what should you do to boost your mental health effectively in nature? Well, there is always camping, biking and hiking, but some experts believe the best way to take care of your mind is to go on a fishing trip.

“Going fishing outdoors increases your vitamin D, which helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in your body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It boosts your immune system and has been linked to fighting depression,” added Chasten Whitfield of Cortez, Florida.

No kidding?

Knew it all along!

Oh and by the way, that also applies to ice fishing.  In fact, I will add that it especially applies to ice fishing!  Those of us on the ice have always known that there is nothing better for treating the mid-winter blues or “cabin fever”.

Us ice anglers are in fact the most normal people in the world!

GO FISH!

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About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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