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Beginner Fishing Gear Checklist

Beginner Fishing Gear Checklist

Learning any new sport or activity for the first time can seem overwhelming. If you’re interested in learning how to fish, there is naturally new gear, techniques, and environments that come along with it. Getting started is easier than you think. Start with basic beginner […]

Eight Top Outer Banks Surf Fishing Tips

Eight Top Outer Banks Surf Fishing Tips

An abundance of surf fishing opportunities makes the Outer Banks of North Carolina a top East Coast angling attraction. This is especially so in the fall, when large red drum, striped bass, and bluefish headline a long list of possible catches. Any compilation of Outer […]

10 Benefits of Being in Nature You Might Not Know About

10 Benefits of Being in Nature You Might Not Know About

The benefits of our outdoor experiences aren’t always easy to put into words. We love the sound of songbirds harmonizing from the treetops, and cherish the sight of a beautiful sunrise over a misty mountain, but how exactly do these types of “feel good” moments translate into happier lives and actual health-related rewards? There is research and plenty of documentation that tells us.

If you seem to find yourself craving a consistent nature fix, or want more evidence that points to the life-changing things that can happen when you spend more time outdoors, check out these ten benefits of being in nature.

1. Improved short-memory.

According to a University of Michigan study, being in nature can help improve your short-term and working memory. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner fishing for the first time or if you’re taking a bike ride through a state park, nature has a way of working wonders when it comes to your memory.

2. Reduced inflammation.

Among the other benefits of being in nature is that it can help reduce inflammation. In one study, elderly patients who took a trip into the woods for one week showed reduced signs of inflammation as well as indications that a walk in an evergreen forest had a positive effect on hypertension.

3. Awareness of conservation.

Spending time in nature helps us develop a better understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment. When we become stewards of nature, we can see why it’s important to support healthy waterways.

4. Boosts the immune system.

If you know how to enjoy nature by spending time in a forest, you may be rewarded with higher immunity. When we breathe in fresh air, we also breathe in phytoncides. Phytoncides are airborne antimicrobial compounds that plants give off as protection from harmful insects and germs. When we breathe in these compounds, our bodies boost the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumor- and virus-infected cells in our bodies.

5. Less stress.

Research has indicated that one of the benefits of going outside is less stress. Studies show that people who spend more time outdoors have better moods, expanded thinking, and find more meaning in life than individuals who often stay indoors. Learn how to tie a fly with a friend outdoors or rent a canoe and go for a paddle on a nearby lake.

6. Improved sleep.

Whether you’re learning how to fish or hiking through the mountains, exposure to sunlight during the day can increase your melatonin production at night. Melatonin helps to regulate your sleep cycle.

7. Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness.

Knowing how to enjoy nature can help you recover faster following an illness or surgery. In a classic study that was performed in a suburban Pennsylvania hospital between 1972 and 1981, patients who had a window view of deciduous trees healed from surgery more quickly than those who viewed a brick wall.

8. Better vision.

Hours behind a computer or smart phone screen can take its toll on your eyesight. Spending time outdoors gives your eyes a chance to focus on objects farther away, which can reduce eye strain.

9. Improved relationships.

Getting out into nature is a great way to reconnect with family and friends and catch up in person. Let family, friends, or a mentor teach you how to boat or how to catch fish, and you’re likely to build on your relationships in the process.

10. Higher self-esteem.

Studies have shown that as little as 5 minutes of outdoor activity can help improve self-esteem. This is particularly true if you’re near green space or water. When you learn new fishing skills, dock a boat, back a trailer, or tie a new fishing knot; the associated feelings of empowerment help to boost your self-esteem.

Now that you know about these amazing benefits of being in nature, pick a few outdoor destinations to explore and then get reap the many rewards.

Freshwater Lure Guide Information

Freshwater Lure Guide Information

There is a huge, often overwhelming selection of lure choices on the market. A freshwater lure guide will try to explain what lure(s) to choose and why. A good way to select freshwater lures is do some research and begin asking the right questions. Here […]

Trolling crankbaits an easy, effective way to fish in Minnesota

Trolling crankbaits an easy, effective way to fish in Minnesota

One of the things I enjoy while visiting my cabin in northern Minnesota is watching anglers troll crankbaits past my dock. They seem at peace. They seem at peace because they aren’t constantly casting, reeling, tossing anchors, hoisting anchors, deploying drift socks or otherwise messing […]

How to Get Rid of Fish Smell on Your Boat

How to Get Rid of Fish Smell on Your Boat

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How to Choose a Fishing Boat for Inshore Saltwater Trips

How to Choose a Fishing Boat for Inshore Saltwater Trips

Learning how to choose a fishing boat for inshore saltwater trips doesn’t have to be a complicated process. While there are many models and brands to choose from, buying a fishing boat really just involves a bit of thought and research. Maybe you already know […]

5 Fall Boating Adventures by State

5 Fall Boating Adventures by State

Fall boating is a combination of my two favorite things—cooler weather and adventure activities! Many people think of going to the woods or mountains this time of year, but getting out on the water might be just the thrill you need for your family outing […]

5 Places to Learn Hands-On Safe Boating for Beginners

5 Places to Learn Hands-On Safe Boating for Beginners

Are you ready to buy your first boat and start living the nautical lifestyle? If so, think about taking a hands-on safe boating for beginners training course. When learning the boating rules of the road or safe boating basics, it’s important to spend time on the water and focus on education through experience.

Wondering where and how to get hands-on instruction and experience as a beginning boater? There are plenty of resources available to you. Find out more about taking a boater safety course by checking into these options:

1. US Powerboating

US Powerboating offers hands-on, on-the-water courses for anyone who wants to learn how to safely operate a small motorboat and improve their boat handling skills.

2. Boat US partners

BoatUS partners with marinas, boat shows, and other organizations around the country to bring on-the-water training and boating for beginners instruction to a marina near you.

3. Boat dealers

Many boat dealers offer safe boating for beginners classes for first-time boat owners, boaters who haven’t been on the water for a while, or for those who want to brush up on new rules and boating safety tips. Also, if you are a new boat owner, make sure you have taken care of all vessel registration and titling requirements.

4. America’s Boating Club

America’s Boating Club (also known as United States Power Squadrons) offers training that focuses primarily on boat handling skills.

5. US Coast Guard licensed captain

Hire a United States Coast Guard licensed captain in your area who offers hands-on boating for beginners instruction and guidance. If you don’t know any licensed captains, ask a friend or local marina for a referral.

By taking the time to get more hands-on boating experience and training, you’ll be a safer and more confident boater.

Minnesota Muskie Lure Shopping Made Easy

Minnesota Muskie Lure Shopping Made Easy

C.B. Bylander 10/11/2019 Modern sports stores feature aisle after aisle of fishing lures and the abundance can be intimidating. This is particularly true for those getting into muskellunge fishing. Muskellunge lures come in many different sizes, styles and colors, and the most popular lures often […]


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