Recreational activities, or leisure activities, are interests that people engage in to relax, refreshing their minds and bodies. Examples of recreational activities include painting, sculpting, reading, knitting, playing games, and various sports. A recreational activity can be any activity that relaxes you after a long day at work or something leisurely you enjoy doing on the weekends. Recreational activities are not only good for your mental health but there are several recreational activities that aren’t really considered “sports” that are also good for your physical health. Here are some examples of recreational activities that will also keep you in shape.
Yoga is a relaxation form of exercise that has Hindu origins and often incorporates meditation. It’s a surprisingly effective way to lose weight because it doesn’t require you to run or jump as aerobic exercise does. Still, some of the stretches and poses that you’ll do will increase your heart rate and have you breaking a sweat. Yoga is also a great way to improve your flexibility while you relax your mind and body.
You’re probably already aware of the fact that walking is a great form of exercise that helps keep you in shape, but it doesn’t have to be confined to a treadmill or around your neighbourhood— you can do it anywhere! Many people choose to take their walks through a scenic park, but you can also take your walks on the beach if you live near one or whenever you take a vacation. Also, consider parking farther away from your destinations and taking the stairs instead of the elevator to increase the amount you walk every day.
Kayaks are sleek boats that sit low in the water, and kayakers sit with their legs extended. Kayaks require the use of a double-sided paddle, which means the user has to use a twisting motion in order to effectively move the kayak across a body of water. This twisting motion works the core, and the arms and shoulders are also worked while paddling, making kayaking an effective form of exercise.
This and other forms of boating that require you to use a paddle are good ways to exercise. However, if you’re a beginner, try kayaking before canoeing because kayaks don’t flip over as easily as a canoe can.
Gardening is another surprising activity that can keep you in shape— that is, if your gardening is executed correctly and requires you to use more than just your hands. While simple gardening is great for hand and finger strength, digging, raking, mowing, and the like are the tasks that are going to get you to break a sweat and burn calories. Another way gardening can help you stay in shape is that you’ll be planting your own food (fruits and vegetables), so you’ll also be eating healthier. In addition to all of this, you’ll be outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight, soaking up vitamin D (with sunscreen too).
Fishing is another recreational activity that many people don’t count as exercise, but should! Between all of the casting, reeling, and even balancing that it takes when you’re fishing, you’ll have worked your upper body, core, and legs all in one fishing trip. Also, like gardening, fishing means that you’ll be eating healthy because fish is a healthy protein, especially fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Consider purchasing a freshwater fishing tackle kit to get started in order to stay in shape and enjoy some nutritious fish at the same time.
Exercise can be hidden in a variety of fun, everyday leisure activities without you even being aware of it. Also, staying in shape and living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to seem like a chore. It can be as fun as dancing, playing your favourite sport, or trying one of these recreational activities.