Recreation

The recreation is the time when someone is not working or occupied. It is the period when you use your free time for enjoyment. The quality isn’t measured by the longevity, but by the meaning you give to it.

  • Reduces stress
  • Better mood
  • Improves physical and mental health
  • Increases productivity
  • Promotes self-knowledge ect.

Benefits of Recreation

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Recreational activities are experiences or organized activities that you actively participate in with others, to have fun and enjoy life during your free time. This includes experiences that require physical activity and interactions and playing with other people. They are not things that you do all by yourself (although you can attempt to do some by yourself but you will miss the fun of doing it with others).

  • Physical Activities: E.g. Sports and games like volleyball, tennis, etc.
  • Social Activities: This includes things like parties, picnics, carnivals etc.
  • Outdoor Activities: This involves activities like camping, backpacking etc.
  • Arts and Crafts: Examples includes activities like painting, woodwork, sculpting etc.
  • Musical Activities: Includes musical bands, singing, dance groups etc.
  • Drama and Theater: This includes acting, plays, puppetry etc.
  • Service Activities: awareness for causes (e.g.running for cancer), fundraising, volunteering etc.

Most recreational activities are known to be very beneficial to your total well-being and most of them will help you relax and help you manage stress better. Find some of the top examples of recreational activities that you can do include in your life in the following gallery.

Backpacking

Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent travel, which often includes staying in inexpensive lodgings and carrying all necessary possessions in a backpack. Some of the common backpacking equipment or gear include shelter (tents, sleeping bags etc.), cooking equipment (stove, pans and pots etc.). These items are packed carefully such that only the very important items are carried because of weight concerns and limited space.

Bowling

This is an indoor recreational game or activity where a player rolls or throws a bowling ball on a lane to hit target pins at the end of the lane. The game is normally played between two to eight players per lane. The lanes have wooden or synthetic surfaces which makes it easy for the ball to roll on it.

There are two types of bowling: pin bowling and lawn bowling. In pin bowling, players throw or roll the ball to knock off target pins whereas in lawn bowling players try to hit their target pins on the other end of the lawn.

Camping

Camping can be described as a recreational activity that entails spending time outdoors overnight in a temporary makeshift shelter. People who go camping usually tend to pick serene, undeveloped and natural locations. The camp can be for one night or several nights depending on how long you want to spend time outdoors.

It is different from other similar outdoor activities like hiking because you sleep outdoors.

Fishing

This is an activity that entails using different tactics to catch fish using a fishing rod and fish baits. This is done mainly in different water bodies in the wild or in community ponds. Different tactics are usually employed to catch fish and there are a number of fishing competitions where people can compete as individuals or in teams. Fish caught during most fishing events are usually released back into the water body after celebrating the catch.

Kayaking

This is the use of a special kind of canoe-like boat to move across the water. The kayak is different from the canoe by the sitting position of the paddler and the type of paddle used. The paddler sits facing forward with legs in front and straight.

Kayaking is an individual activity but it can be done in a group as a recreational activity and in combination with other recreational activities like camping, fishing etc.

Golfing

Golf is a game that is played with clubs (Golf Clubs) where players hit the ball and try to get the ball into several holes on the golf course (field or specially designed lawn for playing golf) with a few strokes as possible. The golf course has different terrains and players have to play the ball across the different landscapes to get to a hole. Golfing equipment like clubs, gloves, shoes, golf bags, etc. can be pricey.

Ice skating

Ice skating is the ability to propel yourself and glide across a sheet of ice using special shoes with metal blades known as ice skates. It is done as a recreational activity as well as a competitive sport. It can be done both indoors and outdoors.

Skydiving

This is an exhilarating activity that involves diving from high altitudes into a free fall under the force of gravity and then controlling your descent speed and landing with the use of a parachute.

Skydiving is a fast-growing recreational activity in most urban areas and large cities.

Sailing/Boating

This involves leveraging the power of winds against sails to propel a sailboat on the surface of the water and in some cases ice and even land. The sailor needs to maneuver the boat and adjust the sails with respect to the wind direction.

Skiing

Skiing is a good example of recreational activity that is done mostly outdoors where participants use skis to glide on snow while moving or travelling from one location to another. Skiers use specially designed skiing equipment and accessories like shoes with long blades for skiing and special rods known as ski poles.

Surfing

Surfing is a water surface sport where the surfer essentially rides on the forward side or face of a moving wave which propels the surfer forward towards the shore. Surfing is commonly done in large water bodies where wave tides are strong. However, there are artificial wave pools nowadays where giant waves are created artificially for surfing.

Swimming

Swimming is one of the most common examples of recreational activities that you can find anywhere (especially during the summer!). It basically involves self-propulsion through water using coordinated movements of the limbs and body. There are different swimming styles and techniques that you can use. Swimming is a common recreational activity and also a sport.

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