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Definition of Recreation Recreation is a form of entertainment derived from physical activities, without artificial rules.

It is the use of time in a non-profitable way, in manyways also; it could be a therapeutic refreshment of one's body or mind. History of Recreation If the generation today enjoys facebook-ing as their type of leisure andrecreation, so as the past generation, they really enjoyed what they were doing. The history of leisure and recreation goes back in a very long way. If the Romas had the coliseum, where they watched chariot races and other entertainment, the Greeks had their ampitheaters too, where they viewed drama and comedy. The list always goes on... during Middle Ages, life for them was dark and difficult. More emphasis was put on work, and there were only little time for leisure. However, jousting tournaments, hunting tournaments and the earliest forms of chess, checkers and other games were developed during this time. During The Industrial Revolution , life for them was very tiringbecause they had labored from dawn to dusk on farms, and worked long hoursin the factories. This is the time where the work in modern world booms. Themachines that were created mechanized the manufacture of fabric and fiber,and this ultimately led to more leisure time for workers. People in this time create the notion of leisure time and it helped create a differen viewof work and leisure. During the 20th Century, workers demanded more shorter working hours, paid vacations and holiday, and weekends off, leading to even more leisure time for the worlds workforce. At this time, there were already educational strands leading to many outdoor recreations, like camping and skiing. During Tribal Welfare, work and leisure in this modern society is something that is not necessary in early, tribal cultures. Early man andwoman, worked when it was necessary to find food or to create items theyneeded to live, but they did not work continually. They interspersed work with pleasure or leisure, something our society not longer enjoys. For example, in Native American societies, boys "played" at war andwarfare, but this play taught them how to use a bow and arrow, useful forhunting as well as defending the tribe.

Benefits of Recreation Stress Management - the mild stress of leisure activity can reduceoverall negative stress by contributing to relaxation. Self Esteem - especially in children and seniors, mild exercise, group activities, and hobbies and crafts will help create positive self images. Positive Lifestyle Development contributing to society, social interaction, development of leaders, being part of organized sports all encourage good lifetime activities. Personal Satisfaction -any creative outlet will enhance personal satisfaction. Being part of the leadership offers self satisfaction, and those who work in the recreational areas can feel the pride in keeping these areas vital and available to others. Quality of Life- fresh air, sunshine, social interaction, health benefits and self esteem all will improve quality of life. Preventive Health- regular exercise, physiological benefits from mild exercise, and stress reduction all are made easier by having leisure and recreational activities readily available. Moreover, recreation and leisure provides many benefits that include increased lung capacity from sports participation, plus reducing serum cholesterol and hypertension, increasing bone mass, strengthening the spine, reducing disease, increase in feelings of well being, reduction in stress hormones, improved attitudes and performances, and improved social skills. For childhood development, recreational areas assist in learning, can keep kids off the streets, and enhance their confidence. Sports activities enhance large motor skill development and social skills. Lastly, Group sports are also well known for promoting social support, networking, and developing friendships and leadersip development for adults and children. Characteristics of Recreation It occurs during leisure time. It is extremely wide and varied. It mus be voluntary. It cannot be ordered, imposed or forced. It has no single form, for it offers a variety of choices with endless possibilities. It is flexible. It can be organized or unorganized. It can be enjoyed in a group or alone. It involves an individuals attitude, motive and incentive. It may occur or not occur. It is necessary in order for an individual to have a balanced growth.

Theories of Recreation/Play
Scholars have riddled for years, Why do people play or do suchrecreational stuffs? What function does this perform? Is it a societal function that should be supported? SURPLUS ENERGY THEORY Under this theory, it is stated that recreation is motivated by a need to release surplus energy. Observe children just play before recess, it does not explain why people with little energy still play. RELAXATION THEORY We recreate because we need to relax from the stresses of our daily life. But some people just dont lead stress lives. PREPARATION THEORY Play prepares us for adult life by teaching team work, role playing and by following the rules. RECAPITULATION THEORY Activities that re-enact events from our history as a race are intrinsically more rewarding. Hunting, shooting and among others are seen worldwide. CATHARTIC THEORY We do recreational things because we need to expressdisorganized or painful e motions in a harmless way. Greek CATHATRSIS purged people of hostile emoitions. COMPENSATION THEORY Human seek to optimize their level of arousal. We all have a need to generate interactions with our environment.