Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida says it is time for kids to have some summer fun playing sports and going to camp together again. After two months of shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, sports leagues, summer camps and organized recreation activities across the state are now being allowed to reopen. Beyond the symptom screening, sanitizing and social distancing, what needs to be done to help ensure that kids can go running, jumping, swimming, kicking and screaming in a safe way?
Florida has had something of an early lead when it comes to managing sports in coronavirus times. In mid-April, with professional sports suspended, WWE was cleared to stage wrestlers-only television events after DeSantis designated “professional sports and media production with a national audience” at a location “closed to the general public” as essential services. And throughout the pandemic, the NBA and MLB have been among the major leagues exploring plans for restarting their seasons at sites in Florida, including Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. But those decisions have concerned paid adults—not kids—getting back in the game.
The decision to lift restrictions on youth sports and recreation activities, according to an announcement from DeSantis, was based on a few key factors. One is the low COVID-19 infection rate among children. Another is concern for children’s physical and emotional health. A third is what youth sports and recreation programs could contribute to local communities and economies.
Florida has recorded just over 50,000 of the more than 1.6 million COVID-19 cases in the United States to date, according to Johns Hopkins data tracking. The state has also recorded about 2,200 of the more than 100,000 deaths across the country. There are all sorts of suggestions as to what is leading to those relatively low rates in Florida—from public response to social distancing measures and disaster response from experience with hurricanes to early orders banning outside visitors from entering nursing homes and restricting COVID-positive patients from returning to nursing homes after they were sent to hospitals. Meanwhile, like many places around the nation and the world, Florida hasn’t been without its share of people missing the point. Crowding at popular public places, especially beaches and bars, has made headlines. So, too, have questions about officials manipulating data to make the coronavirus case numbers appear better than they might actually be.
In any case, Florida appears to be weathering the pandemic in good enough condition to begin reopening many services. One of the last states to issue a “safer-at-home” order, it is one of the first states to go ahead with opening up organized sports and recreation activities.
Sports and recreation are an important part of healthy childhood. Sports and recreation promote lifelong physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth
Most health enthusiasts agree, living an active lifestyle is crucial to a healthy life. The problem with most people however is that first, crucial step into an activity that promotes a non sedentary lifestyle. Some activities may require some knowledge and skills that may not be easy for most to acquire. So what’s a person to do? The answer is to face it head on but to help you out, I’ve compiled a list of activities most popular among first time users. Based on research by the Outdoor foundation, these are 25 most popular recreational activities For First Time Participants.
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As the title indicates, salt water fishing takes place out at sea giving fishermen the opportunity to catch large and exotic fishes such as the Marlin. The big draw back to this activity is that you have to have access to a boat (either own, know someone who does, or rent), and own special fishing gear that can handle large catches.
With about 10,000 species of birds and only a handful of people who can claim having seen over 7000 of them, bird watching is become a popular recreation activity. It’s believed that bird watching is an expression of the male hunting instinct while others links it with the male tendency for “systemizing”. Either way, bird watching is a great, safe way to enjoy nature.
Also known as downhill skiing, Alpine skiing began as a club sport in 1861 at Kiandra in Australia. Today, most alpine skiing occurs at ski resorts with ski lifts that transport skiers up the mountain.
An American born sport that is getting world wide attention, snowboarding was developed in the 1960’s and became part of the Olympics in 1998. Like any other extreme sport, snowboarding does present risks of injury (especially for new participants), in fact, you are twice as likely to get injured while snowboarding than Alpine skiing.
Not to be confused with backpacking for traveling purposes, overnight backpacking describes a multi-day hike that involves camping. Aside from the health benefits, backpacking allows adventurers to enjoy remote places that are usually un-accessible by any other means.
“All Work and no Play make Jack a dull boy” goes a popular saying.
The significance of this saying has increased manifold in today’s fast-paced and competitive world where students are forced by both their guardians and the conglomerate of society and situations as a whole to devote increasing hours in academic learning , whether theoretical or practical and knowledge enhancing activities so that they can stay ahead in the rat race. Add to that the present way of life where people mostly stay in small nuclear families and with parents working, the viability of our own home as a place where we can have recreational time has diminished.
What is recreation?
Recreation consists of activities or experiences carried on within leisure, usually chosen voluntarily by the participant – either because of satisfaction, pleasure or creative enrichment derived, or because he perceives certain personal or social values to be gained from them. It may, also be perceived as the process of participation, or as the emotional state derived from involvement.
Students, especially in higher education, now spend most of their time with college friends and outside of home for various purposes and work. Hence, in the current scenario, the best place to include recreational activities in one’s life is one’s place of education rather than at home. This not only provides a chance to include recreations in one’s life, but also helps students to socialize and become less dependent on one’s parents.
Before analyzing the effect of recreations in educational curriculum, it is important to know the impacts and necessity of recreations in one’s life as a whole. Due to the intricacies in present day society and the way of living, students nowadays are weaker than their older generations, both physically and emotionally. This gets reflected in their physical, emotional and mental health as well as their behavior and development which all the more calls for bestowing on recreations the importance that it deserves. Various studies have shown the importance of recreations on one’s life specifically in three aspects- physical health, mental health and improving quality of life.
Physical Health: Recreational activities, especially outdoor ones improve one’s health like maintaining lower body fat percentages, lowering blood and cholesterol levels, increasing muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, body composition and cardiovascular endurance. Overall it increases one’s stamina and energy level resulting in more focus for academic activities besides also having an impact on one’s class attendance and attention thus leading to more learning. And as we all know “health is wealth”.
Mental Health: Mental health is essential for overall physical health. Recreational activities help manage stress. It provides a chance to nurture oneself and provides a sense of balance and self-esteem, which can directly reduce anxiety and depression. There is also an increased motivation to learn as it can serve as a laboratory for application of contents learnt in classrooms teaching. It provides a channel for releasing tension and anxiety thus facilitating emotional stability and resilience. Such activities help students
Water sports, cycling and hiking are examples outdoor recreational activities. Many sports centers offer indoor activities such as ball games, dancing and gymnastics for members and guests to participate.
Recreational activities tend to be done with other people, and they can be a means of socializing and keeping fit. Recreation is often used as family time as an event for the family to participate in a group. There are seasonal trends to some of the activities, such as football season or tennis season. Weather can be a barrier for outdoor activities such as swimming. How much activity a person can perform depends upon their fitness level.
Recreational activities are activities that are mostly done for pleasure. They may help improve mental and physical health, as well as relieve stress and help you rest. Recreational activities are typically done away from work, school and day-to-day life duties and by people of all ages. They can be as passive as reading a book or as active as swimming or hiking.
Mental Benefits of Recreational Activities
Not only are recreational activities usually fun, but they can benefit your mental health. They reduce stress, remove anxiety, build self-esteem and improve general mood and happiness. Studiesshow that people who participate in recreational activities regularly are more satisfied with their lives.
Physical Benefits of Recreational Activities
Both active and passive recreational activities can help improve physical health too. Active recreational activities double as exercise. This can help you lose weight and stay in shape. Any type of recreational activity that’s relaxing or reduces stress may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Those who participate in recreational activities tend to enjoy higher quality sleep as well.
Social Benefits of Recreational Activities
Recreational activities have social benefits too. Participating in activities that need more than one person can help build relationships and improve interpersonal skills. Even solo recreational activities provide you with a passion that you can share with others. Families can grow closer while participating in such activities together. And recreation can bring communities together through activities like team sports or gardening.
Other Benefits of Recreational Activities
Recreational activities may break down barriers by bringing people from different cultures together. They can help reduce crime rates in communities by providing children and young people with a healthy alternative. Because people who participate in recreational activities are healthier physically and mentally, these activities can help lower health care costs. They can even be good for the economy. Communities that provide parks and other places where people can participate in their favorite activities may attract visitors and new residents to towns.
Indoor Recreational Activities
There are many ways to divide recreational activities into groups, but many people choose to split them between indoor and outdoor activities. Many activities, like reading, skating, walking, listening to music and playing basketball, can be done both indoors and outdoors. Some other popular activities that are often performed indoors include chess, table tennis, cards, boxing, bowling, board games and squash.
Outdoor Recreational Activities
Many recreational activities are performed outdoors. Studies suggest that spending time outdoors is good for mental and physical health. So, taking part in such an activity can provide an extra health boost. Some of the most popular outdoor recreational activities include:
Most Popular Recreational Activities in the United States
In the United States, people who participate in recreational activities tend to prefer outdoor activities. According to a 2019 poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association, getting together with friends at parks for games, barbecues
We’ve got answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus stay-at-home orders.
Colorado residents can still go outside for exercise under the statewide stay-at-home order, Gov. Jared Polis said Friday, but they are urged to stay close to home and keep a safe distance from others to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
The stay-at-home order issued Thursday doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.
You can go for a walk in the park, a jog around the neighborhood, a bicycle ride or to your favorite local fishing spot, the governor said. It’s even OK to get in your car and drive to locations near your home to participate in those activities.
The city of Fort Collins and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, following the lead of the World Health Organization, continue to stress the importance of outdoor exercise for personal health. The governor also emphasized it but suggests outdoor recreation be limited to what is “absolutely necessary” for the duration of the stay-at-home order, which runs through April 11.
Larimer County’s order lasts through April 17.
“If you need to recreate, and we love our outdoors, do it in communities close to your home,” Polis said at a news conference a day after issuing the stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. “… This pandemic is not a vacation. It’s not the time to drive 2 or 3 hours from Denver to mountain communities, many of which are reeling from the crisis. Let me add that that is really dumb, because those communities have a higher rate of infection than where you live.”
FAQs: Larimer County and Colorado stay-at-home orders to prevent coronavirus
Polis is asking residents to avoid parking areas and trails that don’t have enough space for people from different households to remain at least 6 feet apart from one another. That might also mean finding a less-used trail or recreating at off-peak times, he said.
Horsetooth Reservoir and the trails surrounding it are a great option for Fort Collins residents, Larimer County Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Katie O’Donnell said, provided they don’t all go to the same trails at the same time.
There are numerous city, county and state parks and open spaces in and around Fort Collins for people to get outside and enjoy.
Even the three city-run golf courses that have been closed for play — City Park Nine, Collindale and SouthRidge —are open for walking, running and similar activities “for the mental and physical well-being of our community,” city spokeswoman Valerie Van Ry wrote in an email Friday night.
“Visitors to the course(s) are asked to recreate responsibly and observe the minimum physical distancing of 6 feet from other individuals,” she wrote.
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Some outdoor recreation areas where people were found to be consistently violating social-distancing guidelines have already been closed and others will be, she said, if the guidelines
Recreation is anything that is stimulating and rejuvenating for an individual. Some people enjoy nature hikes; others enjoy skiing (or both). The idea behind these activities is to expand the mind and body in a positive, healthy way.
Some solitary examples of recreational activities include reading a book, or taking a trip to the library. Why not explore a genre outside ones you are already fond of, love romances? Take a trip down the mystery genre aisle. Video games are a solitary recreational activity and these days there are not just “shoot em up” games out there but educational ones as well. Flying a kite, fishing, singing and practicing Yoga are all examples, too.
The best reason to take part in these activities is to slow the aging process in that they will help lessen or eliminate stress. Happiness, contentment, fulfillment comes from the feeling that your life is in balance, and when we work too hard with not enough down time, our minds and bodies suffer.
Other, more group-oriented examples of recreational activities include sports of all kinds – football, hockey, basketball, baseball or if those are too physical for you try golf or swimming. Partying is a recreational activity, and one that (usually) makes us happy and gives us a feeling of social connection. That social connection is intrinsic to the well-being of our souls as one of the basic needs of people, in general, is to be accepted.
Shopping is another example, and when done with friends, feeds the soul on two levels, the social connection and the need for people to gather things – (especially women gathering shoes!). There is a “buyer’s high” that occurs when we purchase something we are deeply proud to attain.
Visiting an amusement park with family and friends is a great way to get the heart pumping and the adrenalin racing. A day of fresh air and sun, with family and friends is a supreme recreational activity.
Other activities include:
-Participating in Martial Arts
-Surfing the Web
Examples of recreational activities in an organized fashion take place in nearly every institution we come across. Senior citizens in nursing homes take part in classes to help keep them healthy and alert like bingo, craft projects, and water aerobics.
After school activities for children like pick-up basketball, chess tournaments, and band practice are useful recreational activities.
Even inmates in prison are offered recreational activities to occupy their time. Academic classes, music, hobbies, use on exercise equipment are all examples.
It is even possible to earn a degree in Recreation. A Bachelor of Arts degree is obtainable to become a Recreation Specialist. This is the person that decides the proper recreational activities that will be enjoyed by a particular subset of the population; i.e., inmates, senior citizens, the community as a whole. People with this degree generally work in community recreation centers as well as parks and on community projects.
Participating in any of these examples of recreational activities will not only
During the evolving COVID-19 situation, please review our webpage for how to enjoy NY’s outdoors safely, locally, and responsibly before visiting state lands.
Find Your Adventure
New York’s breathtaking natural resources are unique, abundant and open to everyone. The opportunities abound, from hunting and fishing, to hiking and rock climbing, swimming and boating, or simply relaxing in a tent under the stars.
DEC plays a vital role in both protecting our natural resources and providing opportunities for people to enjoy them. Under Governor Cuomo’s Adventure NY program, DEC is making critical upgrades to State campgrounds and facilities to better serve people who want to enjoy our outdoors. DEC is also implementing and expanding outreach initiatives to encourage more New Yorkers and visitors to connect with nature and outdoor recreation. Learn more about this exciting initiative (PDF).
Improvements to DEC Lands and Facilities
DEC is committed to completing 75 projects over a three-year period to enhance access to outdoor recreation. Learn about some of our recent improvement projects.
Adventure NY Programs
I BIRD NY
I Bird NY was launched in 2017 to build on the State’s efforts to increase access to New York’s vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature. Visit I Bird NY to information on birding challenges, where and how to bird watch, upcoming bird walks and other events, a downloadable kids booklet, and additional resources.
First-time Camper Program
NYS provides FREE First-time Camper weekends throughout the summer. New York families that have never camped before have the opportunity to see if they enjoy the great outdoors before investing in their own gear by registering for a fully stocked campsite at a select NYS campground for a weekend. Learn more about this popular program, which launched in 2017.
DEC will host Outdoors Day events across the state on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in conjunction with National Get Outdoors Day. The events were designed for New Yorkers of all ages and abilities to try out a wide range of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, paddling, birdwatching, camping, archery and more. Find a location near you and stay tuned for more details on Outdoors Day 2020!
First Day Hikes
Celebrate the New Year outdoors with friends and family! Join one of the dozens of sponsored hikes held each New Year’s Day at state parks, historic sites, wildlife areas and trails across the Empire State. Staff from State Parks and DEC, along with volunteers at many sites, lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which range from one to five miles depending on the location and conditions. Thank you to all that attended on January 1, 2020. Stay tuned for the list of January 1, 2021 hikes.
Hike With Us – Catskills
Ready to try hiking in the Catskills? Take one of the 15 guided hikes as part of the Hike With Us – Catskills program. This series of 15 beginner-level hikes is designed to provide a fun, safe, introductory experience
Recreational activities are important for the physical and psychological wellbeing of people. If a person does not take time out from work, stress and other health problems are more apt to arise.
Recreation is an important process that helps refresh and reinvigorate both the body and mind. Most recreational activities take place in what is known as discretionary time, or time that a person has when he does not have any responsibilities to attend to at the moment.
Recreational activities can range from physical actions such as team sports to playing in the park or taking a hike in nature. They can also refer to exercise such as visiting the gym or running on a trail. These activities allow people to use their bodies and increase their levels of personal fitness for health-related reasons.
Some forms of recreational activities do not need to be physical at all. These activities can help improve cognitive function and take stress off of a person who thinks about work all of the time. Some non-physical recreational activities include trivia nights, card games, board games and even video games.
Recreational activities also offer people a great way to socialize and meet others they would normally not have contact with in their daily lives.