The Mental and Physical Benefits of Fishing

Weathered Hand Holding Fishing Pole

We know that 2020 has been a difficult year for most people. With fewer opportunities for socializing and self-care, many seniors are struggling to maintain mental and physical health. Amid the pandemic, increased isolation, and with fewer safe outdoor activities, some elderly people may feel overwhelmed at this point in the year.

Luckily, late August brings with it a variety of safe, simple activities that can improve both mental and physical health. Our favorite? Fishing. Late summer is a great time of year for fishing, and this senior-friendly activity has a surprising number of benefits – from relieving stress and lowering blood pressure to improving physical fitness.

While fishing is a safe activity for most seniors, it still requires leaving the house. If you decide to go on a fishing trip to a nearby lake, pond, or ocean, remember to bring your mobile medical alert system. This is the best way to ensure you get the help you need in the case of an accident or emergency. Some seniors may want to tell friends or family where they’re going, or perhaps invite somebody along. In all cases, a medical alert system will provide the added sense of security you need to relax and have fun.

Fishing is Great for Mental Health

We could all use a mental health boost these days, and fishing may provide the answer you’ve been looking for. Finding ways to relax is vital to mental and emotional health. Fishing is a supremely relaxing activity: you focus on one thing, spend time outside, and don’t feel pressured to succeed. Research shows that focusing on a single activity, such as fishing, can be a quick way to feel relaxed. Plus, this activity provides an opportunity to enjoy some peace and quiet.

For added relaxation, remember to bring your medical alert system. Spending time in nature is an excellent way to decompress, and having an emergency system can boost your comfort. 

Improving Physical Fitness Through Fishing

Two Seniors Enjoying The Peace Of Fishing

We know that fishing won’t necessarily get your heart rate up. Still, most fishing spots will require a short walk out to the water, which can be wonderful for seniors. One of the best things about fishing is that you can make it as physical as you want. If you’re in the mood for a longer walk, just pick a spot a bit farther away from the parking lot. If you don’t feel like walking much, choose the area closest to your car.

Additionally, spending time outside is great for your body. The sun provides plenty of Vitamin D (remember to use sunscreen!), which can improve calcium and phosphorus absorption while boosting the immune system. Plus, if you decide to eat what you eventually catch, fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can decrease blood pressure and reduce heart arrhythmias.

No matter how physical you want your fishing trip to be, remember to bring your mobile medical alert system. If it makes you more comfortable, tell a friend or family member where you’re planning to go fishing. While a medical alert system will do most of the work in the case of an emergency, it always helps to stay in contact with a friend while out and about.