Active Recreation Lifestyle is a way of life. It is your style of living that reflects your attitudes and values. Today, most medical conditions are associated with one s ‟ lifestyle such as diabetes and obesity. Recreation is a voluntary participation in an activity during free and unobligated time that gives enjoyment. It refreshes one s ‟ mind and body after a day s ‟ work. Recreation embraces both indoor and outdoor activities that refer to sports and exercise leading to the attainment of enjoyment as well as managing our desired weight. You spend your day attending to your biological needs such as eating, sleeping and rest (EXISTENCE), attending to your classes in school (SUBSISTENCE) and the time for enjoyment and relaxation (FREE TIME). less physically active (passive) that you don t ‟ need to exert extra effort and energy, but others are; Physically active that requires you to burn extra calories. The activities that you voluntarily participate in during your free time are called RECREATION. The less physically active activities that you are into bring alarming effect to your health. Experts suggest that in choosing your recreational activities, it should be of your interest and not of others. It should also be voluntary and not pressured by somebody, and lastly it should meet your recreational satisfaction needs such as physiological, educational, social, relaxation, physiological, and aesthetics. Today s ‟ teenagers are seen in places like fast food chains indulging with unhealthy food such as fries, burgers, and drinking too much sugary drinks that causes obesity. Participation in active recreation influences your healthy lifestyle. It improves health condition in many ways. It also helps you to use the calories better and sustain a desirable weight. Lifestyle change is the best way of preventing illness and early death. Major causes of early death have shifted from infectious diseases to chronic lifestyle-related conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. After determining your healthy weight rangeusing your BMI, let us identify what affects your weight? 1. Genes –These are inherited traits from your parents. Children can inherit the chances of being overweight or obese if born from obese parents, approximately 80% chance. While non-obese parents can only have a 10% chance of bearing an obese or overweight child. The rapid growth which teens undergo causes a natural healthy weight gain. However, girls on their teens have hormonal changes that cause weight change. 2. Environmental factors – aside from the genetic factors, being overweight or obese is also caused by some environmental factors. These include behaviour and lifestyle choices.
When a child is brought up with overeating unhealthy foods and under exercising, he develops a learned behaviour that leads to wrong lifelong habits. Energy Balance The concept of energy balance compares the amount of energy consumed as food with the amount of energy expended through physical activities, exercises, and resting metabolism. You can maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and balancing the food you eat. These foods are used as energy to keep your body systems working. You use some for physical activity and exercises such as playing sports and dancing. If you eat more than your energy expenditure, you will gain weight. If you eat the same amount of food that your body needs in your daily physical activities, you will maintain your weight. Then if you have more than energy expenditure than food intake, you will lose weight. To sum it up: Weight Gain (more calories consumed/less calories expended) Weight Loss (less calories consumed/more calories expended) Weight Management (calories consumed = calories expended) Badminton Badminton is held inside the gym to avoid the effect of air in the flight of the shuttle. Players need a racket and a shuttle cock to enjoy the game in a court. The game requires the skills in service, strokes in hitting the shuttle such as smash, drop, lob or clear and net shorts, and power of the leg in footwork. Volleyball Volleyball is a team sports with six players in each side of the court with a 9x18 meters dimension. The object of the game is to send the ball over the net and avoid it from grounding into your own court. BENEFITS OF SPORTS Badminton and volleyball are good recreation activities that involve the physical dimension. It enhances the metabolism of the body which While playing badminton, the constant racket swings in receiving birdies, leg stretches in saving net and drop shots, and power jumps for smashing burns more calories. Volleyball on the other hand strengthens the upper body, arms and the lower extremities when you serve, pass, set, spike and block when in play. When players control their feelings during games, the emotional dimension is involved. Since a sport is fun, the emotional wellbeing is improved. Playing with strategies and tactics involves the intellectual dimension. Thinking of ways on where to direct the shuttle and the ball gives you an advantage of winning and enjoying the game. The social dimension is seen when players build good relationships. Trusting your teammate builds camaraderie and teamwork. Dance
Dance is another indoor alternative recreation for those who enjoy the beat of rhythm and movement. ZumbaFitness Dance – Zumba dance is an alternative indoor recreational activity with fitness benefit claims. It was accidentally discovered by a Alberto “Beto” Perez , a celebrity fitness trainor of Colombia in the mid 90 s ‟ . The birth of zumba came about during one his aerobics class, when he realized that he had forgotten his aerobics music Zumba! It improves cardiovascular health –The combination of cardio intervals brought about by the fast and slow rhythms makes this dance a great cardio interval work-out The fast and upbeat moves of zumba improve the delivery of blood which carries oxygen to the different parts of the body through the veins, arteries and heart. It helps in losing weight – cardio interval effect of zumba maximizes the burning of calories. Joining zumba workout for an hour burns approximately 600 calories. It relieves stress. It is believed that zumba dancing releases more altering endorphins that melts away worries away. It improves mood. It releases feel good hormones called “endorphin” that improves self- esteem, self- confidence and self -image.