From left are Christopher, Chris and Nick Morelli, the Team Pro Marine.
There are many reasons that people fish. Some fish for pleasure, some fish for food, some fish to make a living and some fish for a little competition. Of all the possible reasons for fishing, fishing for pleasure is probably the most enjoyable because people do it as a matter of personal choice. There is no pressure in pleasure fishing. There are no adverse consequences for not catching fish. Maybe a small measure of disappointment, but thatís it. In addition to the pleasure of actually catching fish, there are many other benefits. Most of these are good for oneís physical health as well as oneís mental health.
Physically, fishing is not all that demanding. It doesnít take a lot of strength and stamina to fish. However, fishing does incorporate the exercising of the lungs, heart and various muscle groups. After all, one does have to get to a place from which they can fish. That generally includes walking, possibly some minor climbing, and carrying oneís gear to the favorite fishing spot. These are all physical activities that burn calories and exercise various muscle groups, all of which is good for oneís health. There is the casting of the bait into the water. This activity exercises the muscles of the upper arm, shoulder and back. One probably wonít get a good cardio workout from fishing, but one will get enough exercise to maintain a degree of dexterity and maybe some muscle tone.
Fishing is also good for the lungs and skin. After all, fishing is mostly an outdoor sport. Being outdoors gives one an opportunity to get plenty of fresh air into oneís lungs. Fresh air is healthy air. It contains plenty of oxygen, which is fundamental to a healthier physical and mental state. Sunshine is another health benefit derived from fishing. Although some people like fishing enough to brave inclement weather, most prefer a nice sunny day to fish. Sunshine, in moderation, is good for oneís health. It produces a number of beneficial attributes for maintaining a healthy body and appearance.
If youíre pretty good at fishing, you may enjoy trying your hand at a little competition. You donít have to look hard around here to find a fishing tournament. Seems you could probably find one happening every weekend. Like any other sport, fishing holds a competitive edge, especially here in Florida. There is nothing like competing at something you love and winning a top spot.
Just ask Team Pro Marine, which won the title of Team of the Year and first place in the Tampa Bay Redfish Tournament on Aug. 31. Chris, Nick and Christopher Morelli make up the father/sons threesome who form Team Pro Marine. Way to go boys; keep it up!
Mentally, fishing requires very little effort. Attach some form of bait to a hook, cast it into the water, and wait for the fish to bite. That doesnít sound like it requires the use of many brain cells, does it? Certainly not, and that is the biggest health benefit of all. Because fishing doesnít require a huge amount of brainpower, all those brain cells get to kick back and relax for a while. Fishing allows one to rest and relax oneís mind. No pressure, no deadlines, nobody wanting this or that, no noisy machines or people; just fresh air, sunshine and plenty of rest and relaxation. A brain vacation! Fresh air, sunshine and exercise work on oneís appetite, so it is always a good idea to take some snacks along on any fishing trip.
In conclusion, fishing is a great recipe for a healthier body and mind. Take a little exercise, mix it with sunshine and fresh air, and add a few snacks and something to wash them down with, then do it frequently and enjoy better health. And there is one more benefit. With a little luck, one may catch a fish for dinner, and everyone knows that eating fish is very healthy.
Laura Morelli is an orthopedic specialist for The Florida Knee and Orthopedic Centers. Visit www.fla-ortho.com.