is the use of time in a manner designed for therapeutic refreshment of one's body
. While leisure
is more likely a form of entertainment
or rest, recreation is active for the participant but in a refreshing and diverting manner. As people in the world's wealthier regions lead increasingly sedentary life styles
, the need for recreation has increased. The rise of so called active vacations
Recreation, play, and fun are not the preserve of humans. Play
is essential for the development of skills, the most basic of which are motor skills
in young creatures.
The choice of hours for recreation is, for employees, restricted by the requirements of, and agreements with, the employer (working time
), and for students by school hours. For people with their own business it is also restricted by the requirements of the work, such as the opening hours of the business based on wishes of customers, laws, and customs.
is usually a time for recreation, perhaps because in Judeo-Christian
cultures the weekend Sabbath is "the day of rest". Holidays
are also a common time for recreation, though recreation may take place at virtually any time. Recreation commonly occurs during an individual's discretionary, or free, time.
serve as recreation in many cultures, as do sports
. On the other hand, watching TV
, playing video games
, and listening to music
are common forms of leisure
Some recreational activities are made illegal in many jurisdictions because of the perceived immorality of certain forms of "fun". These include gambling
, using drugs
, some forms of sex
, viewing or producing erotica
, and some forms of dancing (such as belly dance
), or even all dancing (see Footloose
). Often one form of an activity is viewed as immoral by a culture while other forms are viewed as acceptable. For example, certain forms of sexual activities have been outlawed in certain regions, such as prohibitions against sodomy
in parts of the United States
(though the Supreme Court
recently ruled such laws unconstitutional in the Lawrence v. Texas
case), while other forms of sex are acceptable. Another example is recreational drug use
. In most of the world, responsible alcohol
consumption, a form of recreational drug use is legal and acceptable by most people's moral standards. This is probably because alcohol has traditionally been in wide use.
Nearly all drugs that traditionally have not been widely used in European culture have been deemed illegal in most of the world. It is disputed whether these prohibitions affect the usage rates for most drugs. However, in much of the Western world, decriminalization of so-called soft drugs
is increasingly accepted.