It has long been noted that good rest is not only the restoration of the body: a person always needs something else for the soul. Recreation in the modern sense includes both the healing of the body and the satisfaction of spiritual needs.
Recreational activity concept
Recreation (recreatio) in Latin means "recovery" and includes those types of life activities that are aimed at improving and maintaining the normal performance of a person who is tired of work or study. It is carried out in free time, and its purpose cannot be to obtain material benefits. This is primarily spa treatment, tourist trips, as well as sports, entertainment and other activities that take place outside the home.
Recreational activities are focused not only on rest and physical recovery, but also on personal development, disclosing a person's creative potential, meeting his spiritual and cultural needs, forming and developing communication skills, perception of nature.
Those who are more satisfied with the quality of leisure time have significantly lower levels of mental stress, according to studies that have examined the relationship between stress levels and satisfaction with recreational activities.
Recreational activities: types
Today there are several main areas of recreational activities.
1. Medical and resort. As a rule, it is based on the use of natural resources for health purposes: climate, sea air and water, therapeutic mud, mineral waters, salt mines, etc.
2. Sports and fitness. These are hunting, fishing, ski tourism, mountaineering and many other types of outdoor activities. The most popular sports activities on and near the water: swimming, ball games, water skiing, diving, rafting, windsurfing, etc.
3. Entertaining. It is difficult to list everything related to this type of activity: these are festivities, carnivals, and all kinds of animation shows, bars, casinos, restaurants. In the modern world, the entertainment industry has long become a separate branch of the economy.
4. Cognitive. Various excursions, acquaintance with the life of other countries and cities, visits to exhibitions and museums, an overview of architectural ensembles, historical monuments and other attractions.
It is perhaps impossible to clearly distinguish between different types of recreational activities: they all complement each other and intertwine with each other. After all, focusing on some of its main types, vacationers, as a rule, want to fill their free time with other types as much as possible, to get as many impressions as possible.