The health benefits of fly fishing

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The health benefits of fly fishing

Did you fly fishing can actually provide a host of health benefits because it is rewarding, relaxing and exciting at the same time? It is also a great way to get exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Many people have misconceptions of fly fishing being “boring,” but the truth is that this particular activity requires both mental and physical complexity. If you looking for a way to de-stress, stay fit and solve a problem, fly fishing is the perfect activity for you!

13996894 - fly fishing angler makes cast while standing in waterGet a total body workout. Did you know wading, casting and reeling in fish can burn anywhere from 500 to 1,500 calories? Spending a morning or afternoon on the water is a great way to exercise without even noticing you are exercising. The activities that require exercise while fishing are also low impact compared to normal exercises at the gym (weight lifting, sprinting). Plus, spending time outside is way more fulfilling than being inside a gym.

Enhance mood. Being out in the wild and breathing fresh air can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Additionally, fly fishing “evens out” the melatonin levels in your brain to avoid making you feel tired or depressed. With the everyday hustle of school, work, family and a social life, it is easy to feel mentally drained. Fly fishing gives you the opportunity to mentally recharge by giving your brain a break.

Lower cortisol levels. According to a study, Iraq war veterans experienced lower levels of cortisol after a weekend of fly fishing than those who didn’t. Researchers also observed this cohort slept better, had lower levels of depression and anxiety, experienced less stress and were less likely to exhibit symptoms associated with PTSD.

As noted above, the benefits of fly fishing are endless! If you would like to book a fly fishing trip to Park City today, visit