Why Fishing is Good for You

If you love fishing, you might like to know that there are some real arguments to be made that support fishing as being good for your health.  While fishing might not be as good for your health as spending time with your wife like you promised or making it to your kid’s soccer game, you can add the following benefits of fishing to your argument the next time somebody gives you grief for “wasting” your time.  You could also use them as a reason to get out the pole and tackle box a little more often if you find yourself spending too much time sitting on the couch.

A little exercise

 

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Yes, fishing can be good exercise.  Not the kind of exercise that will burn a lot of fat, but exercise nonetheless.  Wading in knee-deep or higher water is a decent low-level lower-body workout.  Casting lures and fly fishing do the same for your arms, chest, and back.  The bit of extra effort it takes to keep your balance while casting, wading, or standing on a boat can be good for strengthening your core and back.  Even the casual hike to your favorite spot is a good low-impact way to get your heart pumping, which helps with overall cardiovascular health.

While it can’t really be considered a workout, the dexterity it takes to tie flies or bait a hook can keep fine motor skills and concentration sharp.  These are skills that fade as we age, especially if we don’t use them.

A little relaxation

Fishing can be relaxing.  Being away from the hustle and bustle and noise of civilization is something that can help us unwind and unplug.  We all need to give our minds a break every now and then, and fishing is the perfect opportunity to do just that.  We can clear our minds of everything but the task at hand, or maybe have a quiet day to sort out the jumble of thoughts that can make our brains feel overcrowded.  Also, fishing requires patience, which is something we sometimes seem short on in our everyday lives.

A little fresh air

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The fresh air, sunshine, and the vitamin D that comes from sunshine also do a body good.  Too many of us spend so much time indoors that vitamin-D deficiency has become more of a medical problem in recent years.  As for the fresh air part–I don’t think anybody needs convincing that a day of breathing in fresh outdoor air is always a good thing.

A little fun

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For many, a bad day of fishing is more fun than a good day of–well, just about anything else.  And fun is a good thing.  Doing something you enjoy is a great way to feel good about yourself and the world around you.  A little fun can help fight stress and depression.  There is plenty of evidence to suggest that folks who enjoy life stay healthier than those who don’t.

A little reminder

Lastly, fishing can be a reminder that the world is still bigger than our everyday lives.  Nature is still out there and still as beautiful as ever.  In the real world, things aren’t always fair, but the fish–they don’t care what you do for a living or high or low you are on the workaday food chain.  Which means that fishing can also be a great equalizer and a reminder that your social status should no more inflate your ego than crush it.  And that can be the most important lesson you’ll ever learn or teach your children.

Tips for First Time RV Campers

If you’re getting ready to head out on your first camping trip in your new RV, here are few tips to help make sure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons:

Find a site

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You probably won’t have any trouble finding a list of RV parks in your destination area.  Many campers prefer such parks because of the utility hookups and other accommodations offered (like community pools, rec rooms, or eateries, for instance).  If you plan to frequent RV parks regularly, look into membership in a camping club.  These clubs can mean discounts on stays in member parks.

If you prefer a less organized campsite, look for state parks and other public lands that allow RV camping.  Public RV parks will still usually offer utility hookups, but other amenities may be lacking.

For the ultimate on-your-own adventure, you can go “boondocking,” which is pretty much the same as tent camping, but in an RV.  In other words, no hookups and no amenities.  While boondocking does most closely resemble wilderness camping, you’ll have to be extra careful with supplies because there won’t be a way to refuel or dump waste.

Make a list

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Having a pre-travel checklist can save you a lot of frustration along the way.  Making sure roof vents are closed and TV antennas are secured are things lots of campers, even seasoned ones, frequently forget.  It’s also important to check your tires before every departure.  Think getting a flat on your car is bad?  How much worse do you think it is in an RV?

Another thing to keep on a permanent list is your RV’s height.  At some point, you’re bound to come across some sort of canopy, overhang, or other overhead obstruction that’s lower than the top of your RV.  Finding that one out the hard way can be disastrous.  And very expensive.

One of the most important items on your list should be to weigh your RV properly.  If your load doesn’t change from one trip to the next, you shouldn’t have to do this every time, but if you don’t have a properly balanced load, you could do some damage to your RV’s framework.  If your RV is a pull-behind, too much weight on your trailer can be deadly.

If you’ll be driving your RV and towing a vehicle, don’t forget to double check that connection at every departure.  Also make sure you always compensate for the extra length a trailer and vehicle add.

Be prepared

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Having a couple of good surge protectors (or a more expensive power conditioner) can help protect your RV from the power fluctuations you’ll find at many RV camp sites.

If you’re not comfortable changing a flat or blown-out RV tire, consider joining some sort of roadside assistance club or adding that coverage to your insurance policy.  

Having a set of handheld radios can be the best way for you and a traveling companion to coordinate parking and also come in handy if you get separated along the way.

Check for leaks before you embark on a trip.  If you find one, no matter how small, don’t put off fixing it.  A small leak can become an RV’s worst nightmare in a heartbeat.  After the money you’ve laid out for the RV, the last thing you want is to spend more money on expensive repairs.

While these tips are a good way to ensure you’ll enjoy your new RV, don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual for other important safety information.