The characteristics, objectives and benefits of Leisure ...

The characteristics, objectives and benefits of Leisure ...

Physical Recreation and Play What is leisure time? What affects whether people use their leisure time in an active way? What are the characteristics and objectives of physical recreation and play? Leisure time Play, physical recreation and sport Characteristics Spare time during which you choose what to do- Personal Choice Available once all other commitments are completed E.g. Going to school ,part-time job, homework etc Various ways to spend it Some choose to relax Some look for excitement and danger Objectives Relaxati on Benefits to individual Relaxation, Socialising and improved fitness Benefits to society

Social and and encourages conformity (reducing crime)racial Difficult to separate as improved fitness mixing level Social and racial mixing, civilises society of an individual will reduce demands on NHS Socialis ing Bene fits of leisur e Improv es fitness Encoura ges conformi ty/ reduces crime Civilise s

society Leisure time cont. Play, Physical recreation and sport Factors affecting participation in leisure activities Socioeconomic status Disposable income and free time Stereotyping Traditional view limiting participation e.g. Female bodybuilder or male dancer Disability Availability of specialised facilities and coaching Age Activities seen as being suitable for certain people e.g. Only young people go skateboarding Ethnicity Less emphasis placed on leisure than educational achievement or religious observances Lack of facilities Poor quality of facilities despite necessary income and free time Physical recreation

Characteristics Recreation is defined as the active aspect of leisure time Voluntarily entered into during free time- Personal Choice Focus on participation- not results Flexible Rules, duration and space used Available to all Benefits To individual Stress relief Relax and unwind To society Community integration Less strain on NHS Crime reduction Meet new people Do something you are proud of- self fulfilment Employment opportunities Improved health and fitness Economic benefits Play Characteristics Fun- designed for enjoyment Spontaneous- spur of the moment decision

Simple and childlike Flexible Self administered- participants in control Simple equipment- Jumpers for goalposts Objectives For a Child For an Adult Mastering Reality Social skills- making friends Physical skills- co-ordination Escaping from reality Relaxation Emotional skills- accepting defeat Environmental skills- safety awareness Cognitive skills- decision making Moral skills- fair play

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