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Benefits of recreation in society and on the body

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Benefits of recreation in society and on the body By Jimmy Jackson Recreation We've all heard it before, "Personal recreational activities involves those actions that relax, refresh, and rejuvenate us" - yet how much do we truly gain from these activities? Recreation is a healthy part of each individual's own life and can be enjoyed by everyone. The benefits of recreation are not only positive to the community of today, but to the society of tomorrow. The positive outlook on recreation is unlimited and endless in our world. There are great things that not only improve health and wellness, but the building of self-esteem and stress reduction (NRPA). Recreation is a healthy alternative for positive behavior, which leads to opportunities for learning and living a balanced, productive life. According to NRPA recreation evolves physical, mental, and social health related benefits that result from participating in recreational activities. Although many other important benefits are documented, (increased environmental stewardship, job opportunities, and a variety of economic benefits) there are many current research documentations on the physical aspects of recreation along with recent trends in recreational interests. ...read more.

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The benefits don't stop here, however, they over flow into society and the American culture. Social interaction through recreational activities help to break down unfamiliarity, fear and isolation (factors associated with racism) and promotes contact between various groups within the broader community. In addition, recreation promotes the desired image of a community and facilitates community problem solving. With recreation strong within our society, it is shown to reduce crime rates and vandalism, teach positive conflict resolution skills, and generally influence positive attitude and behavior. Economically, recreation attracts business expansion and relocation. It can obviously contribute to a productive work environment, along with having enhanced real estate values and tourist attractions. Environmentally, recreation can help to protect natural resources and open spaces and in turn enhance air and water quality. It aids in providing and protecting wildlife habitats. In all, recreation improves overall community livability (NRPA). Along with recreation comes a very important part of society, public safety. Recreation is more than fun and games, it is a "Community Oriented Policy" (CPRS) that provides training and the facilitation of various programs. ...read more.

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Five recreation centers costing a total of $13,000 kept more then 230,000 youths busy evenings and weekdays (CPRS). Within the ten million households of America, says the CPRS, 36% of them have children under 18. Recreation agencies offer healthy and fun activities to improve family relationships and parenting skills. They also employ the youths that learn lifelong job skills at early ages. Regrettably, the CPRS admits that 1 in 13 youths is a victim of a violent crime, which puts them at a higher risk for violence when they become adults. Recreation agencies assist law enforcement through intervention and prevention programs that reduce juvenile crime such as vandalism, graffiti, and gang involvement. This teaming up of resources saves the communities resources, and brings greater light and fresh perspectives upon issues and problems facing various communities. With Recreation so alive and important in just about ever aspect of our society, on a personal, economic, environmental, and cultural level, it should not be overlooked or stepped over. They develop what our great nation will become, and locally keep us all safe and healthy. This is why the benefits of recreation are not only positive to the community of today, but to the society of tomorrow. ...read more.

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