Benefits Of Leisure And Leisure

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Benefits of Leisure Although recreation and leisure has been proven to be beneficial to the physical and mental health of youth, sports participation has declined from 77% in 1992 to 59% in 2005 (Holt, Kingsley, Tink, & Scherer, 2010). In 2005 Spinney and Millward (2010) did a study determining that despite the benefits of leisure those living in financial poverty are not participated in active programs as they are costly, despite having the desire to. Physical inactivity can have serious physical consequences, it can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, different types of cancer, and osteoporosis (Weiss, Platt, & Paradis, 2007). When families and individuals who are LI do not have equal access to recreation and leisure programs, it makes sense then that their risk for these consequences can increase. Aside from unequal access to leisure it has also been determined that people who are LI often do not use resources that may be provided to them, either due to not knowing they exist, or issues with transportation, view of poor health, or lack of motivation (Weiss et al, 2007). Aside from physically active leisure, there are also benefits to more passive leisure as it allows individuals to “detach” from their other responsibilities, such as work (Sonnentag, 2012). The benefits are often psychological and can help reduce stress and increase wellbeing and social skills (Sonnentag, 2012). Ruskin et al (2003) understands that affordable leisure benefits all aspects
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