Recreation is in a way a rejuvenating experience involving therapeutic treatment of the body and mind whereas leisure is more of an entertainment activity. It is the bane of civilised society that along with wealth we have forgotten our old art of walking and have become couched potatoes. We don’t mind sitting idle in front of the TV or internet for days and months at a time. This curbs our physical activities and we end up overweight and obese, inviting conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. But many take recreation as trivial and consider it as escapism. Like any other thing, too much recreation time can be harmful and can divert our attention from necessary work and we become lethargic in yet another way. But research has shown that recreational activities contribute to the satisfaction of life, health and also improve the quality of the life we lead.
There is evidence to show that the indigenous people of the US indulged in many recreational activities. Then when did they lose it? The saying “all work and no play makes Jim a dull boy” holds ground here. Recreation enhances longevity and counteracts stress. It is reported that in the US, stress is killing more and more people. So indulging in recreation can be a real help to live a healthier life. In some jurisdictions many recreatons are actually termed illegal. They are gambling, producing erotica pornography, bellydancing and alcohol consumption. Sometimes recreation turns into an organised activity of the government. Public parks are built to facilitate recreational opportunities for people. It can help you from becoming bored and avoid unnecessary anxiety. Recreational activites include organized activites like playing baseball, football, table tennis, card games, sports and arts.
Recreation can be both indoor and outdoor depending on our preference. Some people like video games, playing cards or playing table tennis while some others may wish to sweat it out in the sun. Wherever you play it is sure to pep you up and provide you ample relaxation. For people with no passion for sports they could go on a travel expedition. Hiking, biking, snorkeling, surfing, sailing, kayaking are all recreational activities. To explore the unexplored, to hear the sweet singing of nightingale, to lay back bare on the bosom of mother nature and be one with her. Anything that gives you peace of mind and happiness is deemed recreation. The world is moving at a fast pace and the need for recreation has been doubled. After the tiring schedule of workplace, people run short of energy, resulting in poor performance both official and domestic. An activity that a person would love would put them on track to pursue the serious goals in life.