Benefits of Fishing for SeniorsJune 22, 2023
No matter how physically active you were in your life, there comes a point in time when you may have to give up certain hobbies. Activities like flag football or running may be too difficult on your body as you age. Fishing, however, is one of the few activities that most individuals can enjoy at any point in life.
The benefits of fishing for seniors extend past a few hours of fresh air and tonight’s dinner (if you’re lucky). Older adults experience great physical benefits from this low-impact exercise too.
Light exercise that lowers your risk of falls
While it may not feel like much physical activity, fishing actually provides a great opportunity to train strength, motor skills, and dexterity. Casting the rod builds up muscles in the arm, and if you actually hook a fish, reeling it in requires additional strength. If you do so standing, you’re also reinforcing the muscles in your legs.
All of the above increases your mobility which, in turn, decreases your risk of a fall. Just make sure you set up in a secure location where you can plant your footing with ease.
An opportunity for socialization
When seniors live at home, they don’t have as many opportunities for socialization as they used to. This can lead to feelings of depression and other mental health issues, which have serious negative impacts on your overall health. So, use fishing as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Many people use the hobby as an excuse to spend time with loved ones anyway!
So, next time you plan on fishing, arrange a time that works best for both you and your loved ones. Pass the hobby down to a grandchild so you can always have something to do together when you spend quality time together.
Despite being retired, there is still plenty that may leave you feeling stressed. Health concerns, family matters, and other problems can raise your stress levels, which are shown to have strong, negative impacts on one’s physical health. This is thanks to cortisol—the stress hormone—which can raise one’s blood pressure, muscle pain, and even breathing problems.
Fishing, however, has been proven to help lower one’s stress levels. The fresh air, the methodical nature of it, and the success of catching something decreases cortisol levels. The quiet, calm atmosphere helps keep you calm and collected, putting your body and mind at ease.
Maintaining any hobby in your later life has been shown to improve one’s cognition. This is mostly due to the hobby continuing to stimulate one’s mind, which builds connections that refine all aspects of learning. Fishing, in particular, is wonderful for building patience and concentration in those who practice it.
For support at home, consider home care
Fishing is a fun and engaging activity that offers numerous health benefits. However, as seniors age, they may require additional support and care. If this is something you are currently experiencing, home care may be the answer for you.
Home Care Powered by AUAF helps seniors maintain their independence and improve their quality of life by providing assistance with daily tasks and activities. For more information on our services, give us a call at 773-274-9262.
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