Well you know what they say: “All work and no play makes Jack and Jill dull.” In addition to helping you lead a more interesting life, recreation is important because of the many health, social and educational benefits it can provide. Even the word itself – recreation – indicates that something in us is lost through our daily grind that needs to be replenished. We need to be re-created periodically, replenished, built back up after a time of hard work.
If you watch a classroom full of 3rd graders for a day, it should be fairly obvious why recreation is important. By the end of the day, they look like they’re about to jump out of their own skin. The literally need to go outside and run around.
Adults are the same way; we’re just better at hiding it because most of us aren’t allowed an hour each day to play. We are expected to work, take care of our homes and families, and do responsible grown-up things. But if you take the time regularly to relax and enjoy yourself, you already know why recreation is important. Just in case you don’t, however, here are just a few of the benefits of recreation:
Exercise – If you play sports, dance, hike, walk or jog for fun, then you are not only refreshing your mind, but you are also helping your body to stay healthy and strong. Studies have shown that regular exercise can help prevent diseases, control your weight, increase strength, improve stamina, help you sleep better, and just make you feel better in general.
Fun and entertainment – Some people will tell you that watching TV is a waste of time, or that it kills your brain cells, but you know what? Sometimes your brain cells just need a rest, and if it makes you laugh, it’s reducing stress and creating a more positive environment, especially if the laughs are shared with other people.
Relaxation – This is hard for some people, but relaxation is necessary for good health. Our bodies aren’t made to go non-stop all the time. We need sleep to regenerate, but we also need to consciously stop running around sometimes and just sit. Let the house get extra dusty one week, and read a good book instead of cleaning. Take your kids to the park, and let them play with other kids while you sit on a bench and soak up the sun. Lie in bed for 10 minutes after you wake up in the morning, and just listen to the birds outside. Calm your mind, and you’ll lower your blood pressure.
Group participation – Participating in any kind of group activity – a class, theatrical production, community league sport, or PIC NIC – has all kinds of benefits. Group activities help children build their social skills and help adults build their social networks. These social connections can later help the entire community because once people know each other, they are more likely to help each other and work together to make their neighborhoods better places to live.
With all that being said: Here is how Stor Place Self Storage comes together to relax…….Our entire crew with family and friends met at Edwin Warner Park last Saturday to enjoy a full day of fun and relaxation. We even gave out awards…
- Most competitive: Luke Katras
- Most flustered: Nadine Misky (poor Nadine almost passed out after the softball game)
- StorPlace Spirit Award: James Watson (for an all out performance at 1st base; including sacrificing his body for the team)
- Most Family members in attendance: Ryan Silva & family
- Injured Reserve List: Judy M, James and Nadine (next year let’s bring a medic)
- Most in charge award: Jeff Urffer
- Most ambidextrous award: Dustin