Parks and Recreation: The Benefits are Endless!

 

But to name a few…

Be happier, and feel great!
There is no greater opportunity for people to experience self-actualization and the spiritual renewal, creative expression, discovery and stimulation than sports, recreation, and leisure offer.

Build family unity
Family bonds are improved by the sharing of leisure time. Families that recreate together tend to be closer, more cohesive and improve their chances of staying together. This is true with both parent-child relationships and married couples. Families are the cornerstone in promoting well-being and healthy development in children.

Control weight, look better, build strong bodies
Sports participants had significantly lower body mass index values, lower blood pressures, and lower resting pulse rates. The physically fit person is less prone to injury, and is less likely to experience depression.

Diminish chance of disease — decrease insurance premiums — live longer!
Childhood participation in organized fitness and sports programs helps attain higher bone density establishing a strong health base to combat osteoporosis in later life. An estimated 66,000 U.S. deaths from coronary heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes could be prevented annually if one half of the sedentary people became active on a regular basis.

Build self-esteem
When young people feel good about themselves they operate more effectively and productively in our communities, families and schools. Adventure programs teach the importance of trust, appropriate risk taking, supportive social interaction and personal challenge while creating valuable life long memories. Leaders are trained, developed and nurtured through leisure organizations such as teen clubs, camps and programs.

And there’s more! Be looking for more information on these benefits – coming soon!!!…

This piece was adapted from information provided by the Massachusetts Recreation and Park Association, a state affiliate of the National Recreation and Park Association [NRPA].

By Dr. Rodney J. Blackman

Dr. Blackman is the Chair of Recreation Management at the United States Sports Academy, and can be reached at rblackman@ussa.edu.

 

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