Health Benefits of Recreation and Fitness
Recreation is basically an activity of relaxation, leisure, being personal or for fun. Relaxation can be done by playing games, exercising, watching television, listening to music, going for a walk in the park, going swimming, riding a bicycle, gardening, going mountain biking, taking a bubble bath, watching movies, taking a swim in the pool, etc. The “need for recreation” is a natural and basic aspect of human psychology and nature. Sports activities are generally perceived to be “sporty” and can involve competition, fun, and happiness.
The term recreation encompasses many different forms of enjoyable pastimes and activities that are done for fun, exercise, and/or for the promotion of physical fitness. Many adults, especially those with jobs that require sitting at a desk all day, find it difficult to find time to get away from the routine and responsibilities of work. They may enjoy going to a local sports arena or even shopping in the mall. There are many different hobbies and activities that people may be passionate about. Hobbies range from children’s hobbies to extreme sports to collecting antique cars and airplanes.
When a person is involved in any type of recreation and works or is involved in fitness activities, their mental health and physical health are generally improved. Sports have been proven to improve mood, enhance social interaction, improve mental alertness, and even decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and depression. Participating in recreational activities such as organized sports, crafts, etc., will promote a healthy mind and body. A good recreation and fitness plan will include many types of exercise and allow for time to relax and “hang out” with friends and family.