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People participating in summer luge as a form of recreation, in the Vosges.
People participating in summer luge as a form of recreation, in the Vosges.

Recreation or fun is the expenditure of time in a manner designed for therapeutic refreshment of one's body or mind. While leisure is more likely a form of entertainment or rest, recreation is active for the participant but in a refreshing and diverting manner. As people in the world's wealthier regions lead increasingly sedentary life styles, the need for recreation has increased. The rise of so called active vacations exemplifies this. Look up fun in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Charles Chaplin redirects here. ... Recreation is a short comedy film written, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin. ... A re-creation (not to be confused with recreation) is a reenactment, typically used to solve a crime or determine a mode of failure or cause of death. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 724 KB) Luge dété (Summer luge) Col de la Schlucht (Le Valtin, Vosges) Photographie personnelle prise le 3 août 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 724 KB) Luge dété (Summer luge) Col de la Schlucht (Le Valtin, Vosges) Photographie personnelle prise le 3 août 2005. ... A luge is small one- or two-person sled on which one sleds supine and feet-first. ... Vosges is a French department, named after the Vosges mountain range. ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual. ... For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation). ... A relaxing afternoon of leisure: a young girl resting in a pool. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... The term sedentary in biology and anthropology applies to organisms and species that are not migratory but rather remain at a single location (permanently fixed or otherwise). ... An active vacation is a vacation that is built around some physical activity or set of physical activities. ...

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General description

The weekend is usually a time for recreation, perhaps because in Judeo-Christian and Muslim cultures the weekend Sabbath is "the day of rest". This is a long standing tradition dating back to the Priestly source, the source credited with writing Genesis 1. Holidays are also a common time for recreation, though recreation may take place at virtually any time. Recreation commonly occurs during an individual's discretionary, or free, time. Week End The weekend is a part of the week lasting one or two days in which most paid workers do not work. ... Jacob wrestling an angel, by Gustave Doré (1832-1883), a shared Judeo-Christian story. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... For other uses, see Holiday (disambiguation). ...


Traditionally Olympics, music and dance serve as recreation in many black holes, as do sports, hobbies, games and tourism. On the other hand, watching TV, playing video games, and listening to music are common forms of leisure.[1]. Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games Medal count Winter Olympic Games Medal count Olympic sports Medal counts Participating NOCs Olympic symbols Olympics WikiProject Olympics Portal Athens 2004 • Beijing 2008 Torino 2006 • Vancouver 2010 ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... This article is about pastimes. ... For other uses, see Game (disambiguation). ... Tourist redirects here. ... TV redirects here. ... Computer and video games redirects here. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A relaxing afternoon of leisure: a young girl resting in a pool. ...


Legal restrictions

Some recreational activities are made illegal in many jurisdictions because of the perceived immorality of certain forms of "fun." These include gambling, using drugs, some forms of sex, viewing or producing erotica/pornography, and some forms of dancing (such as belly dance), or even all dancing (see Footloose). Often one form of an activity is viewed as immoral by a culture while other forms are viewed as acceptable. For example, certain forms of sexual activities such as Zoophila are outlawed in some areas in which other sexual activities are accepted. Another example is recreational drug use. In most of the world, responsible alcohol consumption, a form of recreational drug use is legal and acceptable by most people's moral standards. This is probably because alcohol has traditionally been in wide use.[2] Nearly all drugs that traditionally have not been widely used in European culture have been deemed illegal in most of the world. It is disputed whether these prohibitions affect the usage rates for most drugs. However, in much of the Western world, decriminalization of so-called soft drugs is increasingly accepted. Gamble redirects here. ... Many drugs are provided in tablet form. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Porn redirects here. ... Raqs Sharqi dancer Chryssanthi Sahar Scharf, Heidelberg. ... Footloose is a 1984 movie that tells the story of Ren McCormick (played by Kevin Bacon), a teenager who was raised in Chicago. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of an alcohol includes many other compounds. ... The term soft drug is given sometimes to a range of drugs that are supposed to be less harmful than other drugs, called hard drugs. ...


Health

Some individuals view recreation as largely non-productive, even trivial. Excessive recreation is not considered healthy, and may be labeled as escapism. However, research has shown that recreation contributes to life satisfaction, quality of life, health and wellness, and that the use of recreation as a diversion may have clinical applications to individuals with chronic pain and other health impairments. In some cultures and religions, recreation is encouraged on certain days and discouraged on others. For example, in Judaism, the Shabbat is a day for recreation and relaxation, which has in turn influenced many Christian sects to use the Sabbath for the same purpose. However, some sects interpret the Sabbath to be a day where worship is done in lieu of recreation. Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an escape from the perceived unpleasant aspects of daily stress. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Sabbath. ... For other uses, see Sabbath. ...


Recreation is essential to the longevity of human beings, especially because it helps counteract stress. According to research cited in Time magazine, stress is a major factor in many of the leading causes of death in the United States.[3] In medical terms, stress is the disruption of homeostasis through physical or psychological stimuli. ... TIME redirects here. ...


Organized recreation

Recreation during weekend along riverbanks in Japan
Recreation during weekend along riverbanks in Japan

Recreation can become an organized activity of local governments and for-profit enterprises. Local governments often create parks boards and/or community centers. Growing interest and funding via grants and taxation can result in an official parks and recreation department, which provides venues and staffing for organised sports, at-risk-youth activities, arts and crafts, and senior citizen activities. Several U.S. state governments operate recreation programs for their prison populations. Though controversial, these programs are intended to provide inmates with constructive use of their time through access to music, hobbies, crafts and exercise equipment. Other possible benefits include reduced healthcare costs and a lower recidivism rate. Private organised recreation is usually focused on a specific type of sport such as river rafting or mountaineering. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (2240 × 1500 pixel, file size: 732 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) ( ) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 536 pixelsFull resolution (2240 × 1500 pixel, file size: 732 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) ( ) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Local governments are administrative offices that are smaller than a state or province. ... For other uses, see Organization (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Craft (disambiguation). ... Old age consists of ages nearing the average lifespan of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... Exercise equipment in a gymnastic-hall Exercise equipment is any object used in exercise. ... This article is about recidivism in criminology and penology. ... Rafting in Brazil. ... An open crevasse. ...


Recreation as a career

Becoming a recreation specialist often requires a bachelor of arts degree in recreation management. A recreation specialist would be expected to meet the recreational needs of a community or assigned interest group. People with such degrees often work in parks and recreation centers in towns, on community projects and activities. Networking with instructors, budgeting, and evaluation of continuing programs are common job duties. Most U.S. states have a professional organization for continuing education and certification in recreation management. The National Recreation and Park Association administers an examination called the CPRP (Certified Park and Recreation Professional) that is considered a national standard for professional recreation specialist practices.[4] A B.A. issued from the University of Tennessee. ... Budget generally refers to a list of all planned expenses. ... Continuing education is an all encompassing term within a broad spectrum of post-secondary learning activities and programs. ... A professional certification, trade certification, or professional designation (often called simply certification or qualification) is a designation earned by a person to assure that he/she is qualified to perform a job or task. ...


Examples

In recent years, more 'exciting' forms of recreation have received more attention in the public eye, such as: skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, paintball, rock climbing, backpacking, canyoning, caving, BASE jumping and adventure tourism. Cycling is the use of bicycles, unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles and other similar wheeled human powered vehicles (HPVs) as a means of transport, a form of recreation or a sport. ... A contemporary dancer rehearsing in a dance studio Dance generally refers to human movement either used as a form of expression or presented in a social, spiritual or performance setting. ... Food and Drink was a long-running British television series on BBC Two during the 1980s and 90s. ... Chehel Sotouns Wall painting, that dates back to the Safavid era, depicts a Chaharshanbe Suri celebration. ... This article is about the hunting of prey by human society. ... For the computer security term, see Phishing. ... This article is about pastimes. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Reading is a process of retrieving and comprehending some form of stored information or ideas. ... For other uses, see Book (disambiguation). ... Shopping is the examining of goods or services from retailers with intent to purchase. ... Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival held on the fourth Sunday every May in Higashiomi, Shiga, Japan Kite flying is the activity of flying tethered man-made objects in wind. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A sport consists of a physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose: for competition, for self-enjoyment, to attain excellence, for the development of a skill, or some combination of these. ... The term Exercise can refer to: Physical exercise such as running or strength training Exercise (options), the financial term for enacting and terminating a contract Category: ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tourist redirects here. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... For other uses such as Yoga postures, see Yoga (disambiguation) Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Sanskrit: योग Yoga, IPA: ) is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... Theme park redirects here. ... Harry Belafonte singing, photograph by C. van Vechten Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, which is often contrasted with speech. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... Cross-country skiing (skating style) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. ... Snowboarder droping a cornice. ... Bungee Jump in Normandy, France (Souleuvre Viaduct) Bungee jumping (or bungy jumping) is the sport that originated from New Zealand and was created by maverick daredevil A J Hackett, and his original jump from a bridge in Greenhithe, Auckland. ... Skydiver about to land Parachuting, or skydiving, is a recreational activity, competitive sport and method of deployment of military personnel (and occasionally, firefighters). ... Hang gliding is one of the windsports. ... A woodsball player firing at opponents from behind cover. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... This article is about backpacking in the wilderness. ... Canyoning in the Rocky Mountains Canyoning via packraft in the U.S. southwest deserts. ... Caving frequently involves a lot of mud. ... BASE jumping is the sport of using a parachute to jump from fixed objects. ... Adventure tourism is a type of niche tourism involving exploration or travel to remote areas, where the traveler should expect the unexpected. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Wildland Recreation Management: Module One: Meanings, Concepts, and Values. Parks and Recreation Management Program, Arizona State University (2000). Retrieved on 2007-06-14.
  2. ^ Sheila B. Blume. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety. Retrieved on 2007-06-18. “Customs that dictate alcohol use persist in other work too, such as the “three martini” business lunch, and the expectation that groups of workers will stop at the neighbourhood pub or tavern for a few convivial rounds of drinks at the end of the work day.
  3. ^ Claudia Wallis (1983-06-06). Stress: Can We Cope?. Time. Retrieved on 2007-06-14.
  4. ^ CPRP Exam. National Recreation and Park Association (2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-14.

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Recreation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (660 words)
Recreation is the employment of time in a non-profitable way, in many ways also a therapeutic refreshment of one's body or mind.
The choice of hours for recreation is, for employees, restricted by the requirements of, and agreements with, the employer (working time), and for students restricted by school hours.
The weekend is typically a time for recreation, perhaps (in Judeo-Christian and Muslim cultures) because the Sabbath falls on the weekend and the Sabbath is "the day of rest." Holidays are also a common time for recreation.
Encyclopedia4U - Recreation - Encyclopedia Article (280 words)
Recreation is the employment of time in a non-profitable way, in many ways also a refreshment of one's body or mind.
Traditionally music and dance serve as recreation in many cultures, as do sports, hobbies, games and tourism.
Some people enjoy forms of recreation that are considered immoral by others, for example drug use, gambling, nudism and some forms of sex.
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