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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 sleep, 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.



A few 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 satisfaction, and that the stress management aspects of it contribute to quality of life, health and wellness, happiness, 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, Shabbat is a day for recreation, study, and relaxation; many Christian churches also have Sabbath. However, others interpret Sabbath to be a day of worship without self-absorbed recreation.

Recreation is one (not the only) kind of stress management, or even stress creator. According to research cited in Time magazine, stress is a major factor in many of the leading causes of death in the United States.[1]


In recent years, more exciting forms of recreation have received more attention, such as skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, sky diving, hang gliding, paintball, rock climbing, backpacking, canyoning, caving, BASE jumping, adventure tourism and motor sport.

See also


  1. ^ Claudia Wallis (1983-06-06). "Stress: Can We Cope?". Time.,9171,950883,00.html?internalid=ACA. 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 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." 

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recreation (plural recreations)

  1. Any activity, such as play, that diverts, amuses or stimulates.

Derived terms

  • recreation center
  • recreation facility
  • recreation room

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Simple English

Recreation or fun is the use of time refreshing to one's body or mind.

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