Leisure time; when you can choose what you do.
There are two types of leisure:
- Activites that involve exertionof physical or mental energy and can often include low-impact physical activites.
- Eg. Yoga or Walking.
- Activites such as those in which a person does not exert any significant physical or mental energy.
- Eg. Going to the cinema, watching TV or playing video games.
Recreation; can mean just relaxing and enjoying yourself, but it is increasingly being used to mean doing something that is active and healthy.
- Participate for intrinsic award, rather than extrinsic, so you would be aware of the health benefits you would be getting as an individual, for pleasure and for a purposeful use of time.
- Activities associated with some degree of challenge.
- Eg. Climbing, fell walking or caving.
- Water based activities, such as sailing, windsurfing or canoeing.
There are lots of physical activities to choose from and they differ between individuals for some of the following reasons:
- Age; elderly people, activities such as bowls.
- Location; if you lived near a beach, taking up surfing would work but snowboarding wouldn't.
- Provision and cost; the area you live may not provide activities and even if there were, there may be a cost that could prevent you from participating.