Recreation - 1. What is Recreation?

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1. What is Recreation? Simply defined, recreation refers to experiences and activities chosen and pursued by the  individual in his/her free time; the basis being that the experience sought and activities  pursued, in the real sense of the word, 're-creates' the individual so that he/she may be  refreshed to enable him/her to resume daily obligations, whatever those may be.  Leisure and Technology. Melbourne, Longman Cheshire,167-83 ( p. 167) Recreation consists of an activity or experience, usually chosen voluntarily by the participant,  either because of the immediate satisfaction to be derived from it, or because he perceives  some personal or social values to be achieved by it. It is carried on in leisure time, and has no  work connotations, such as study for promotion in a job. It is usually enjoyable and when it is  carried on as part of organised or community services, it is designed to meet constructive and  socially worthwhile goals of the individual participant, the group and society at large. Source: Richard Kraus (1966) Recreation Today: Program Planning and Leadership. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice-Hall, p. 7. 2. History of Recreation The history of leisure and recreation goes back a very long way. The Romans had the  Coliseum,   where   they   watched   chariot   races   and   other   entertainment.   The   Greeks   had  amphitheaters   where   they   viewed   drama   and   comedy,   and   of   course   they   invented   the  Olympics, one of the greatest entertainment sport spectacles on earth. The list goes on. Even  the Bible discusses singing, dancing, music, and other forms of acceptable recreation, so even  the most ancient civilizations enjoyed entertainment and recreation of some sort. The Middle Ages Life for most people in the Middle Ages was dark and difficult. More emphasis was put on  work, and there was little time for leisure. However, jousting tournaments, hunting tournaments,  and the earliest forms of chess, checkers, and other games developed during this time. The  people worked hard, the Church forbade many forms of entertainment, but there were still  leisure pastimes to help develop the growing history of leisure and recreation.
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The Industrial Revolution This history of leisure and recreation goes far back in time, but leisure and recreation really  took off when the Industrial Revolution hit Great Britain in the 1700s. The Industrial Revolution  revolutionized work in the modern world, and helped create the modern factory environment. 
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