Ever since the dawn of humankind, hunting and fishing were used for survival, and these activities provided us with meat that was the dominant nutritional component of our diets in the early days. Over time, the role of hunting and fishing has changed, or better to say – it evolved, and because of the changes brought on by the human race, these activities are now serving a different purpose.
Tribes in rural areas of our planet are hunting because they have to, but people in more urban surroundings are more focused on other benefits that come out of the fact that both hunting and fishing are performed in the outdoors and that the direct contact with nature has numerous positive effects.
First of all, those benefits can be divided into three general types: nutritional, social, and physical. Of course, some people will claim that more positive things can be listed here, and that other types can also be included on this list, but the most important factors are grasped by these general notions. When it comes to the nutritional benefits, game meat that is caught while hunting is usually very healthy, and experts recommend that we use such meat in our diets on a regular basis. For example, venison is low in fat, and the majority of other similar types of meat is filled with lean protein.
Protein is well-known for being nutritious but not causing obesity, and we all know how many problems can arise from being overweight. Fishing also has nutritional benefits, and people are mostly aware of the fact that fish contains omega three acids, which have a full range of positive effects on our health system.
The social benefits of being outdoors with friends, family, or colleagues are also numerous, and people even sometimes take them for granted. But, bonding time is important in today’s world, and a lot of emotional and mental benefits will result from spending some quality time with your loved ones. Also, the chance to “escape the digital world” is tremendously important for some people, and almost everyone will be feeling energized and relaxed after spending some time away from computers, smartphones, tablets, and so on.
When it comes to the physical benefits, many people have doubts about those positive effects, and they argue that walking or climbing are much more beneficial to the human body. However, those arguments are predominantly direct results of ignorance, simply because a lot of effort needs to be invested in a single hunting expedition. For example, hunters need to do a lot of walking around in order to scout the terrain, which means that a lot of climbing is usually involved in this activity.