There are so many things that one can do during their leisure time, although many of us are stumped when it comes to how to while away time doing something fun.
While caught in the rut of hectic jobs and routine chores, everyone needs some time to rejuvenate their mind and body, and indulge in recreational activities. The activities that you can choose from are just endless. However, if you are stuck for ideas and are looking for some innovative suggestions for recreation, this is the article for you! I can guarantee that you will definitely make up your mind about trying out at least one leisurely activity after having gone through the information I am about to give you. Well, to begin with, we must acknowledge the fact that 'recreation' is a subjective thing, what might be my idea of fun, might not sound fun for everyone else and vice versa.
Indoor Recreational Options
If you are not an outdoor person, or if you can't go out due to bad weather or any other reason, there are always a number of recreational activities that you can indulge in.
Reading: The benefits of reading cannot be stressed enough. I feel that people who love reading, can never get bored when they are alone. Reading is not only a great source of entertainment, but also a vast source of knowledge and inspiration. Reading can be one of the best activities you can enjoy indoors. You can indulge in any genre of reading that suits your style. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, newspapers, magazines, or even comic books, the options are plenty! So the next time you are looking for fun things to do indoors, just pick up a book and start reading!
Writing: What better way to spend a lazy afternoon, than pour your heart and allow your creative juices to flow with a pen and a paper! Well, writing cannot just be fun, but it can be great stress buster as well. After a hard week's slogging, try to sit and write down your journal on the weekends, and you will be surprised at all the positive thoughts you will have once you start writing. However, like I said, you might not necessarily agree with my idea of fun! So keep reading until you find your-kind-of-fun options!
Computer and Video Games: Well, before I tell you anything about the kind of options you have in computer games and video games, I must warn you that these games can be seriously addictive! I mean it, I can tell you I myself have spent hours and even days, glued to the computer and hooked onto these exciting games! There is just no end to the type of games you can play. No matter what your interests are - fashion, cooking, airplanes, bikes, astronomy, languages, business or anything else - you will find a game that you will absolutely love! In case you want to have a permanent video game console at home, the hottest options are Nintendo Wii, Sony's PlayStation and of course, the Microsoft Xbox.
Playing Cards: Remember the Friends episode, where the characters sit down for a game of poker? Sounds like fun doesn't it? Well if you are one of those who prefer the usual old-fashioned games, then playing cards might seem like fun to you. Nothing like a refreshing game of poker, rummy, bridge or any other card game that you love!
Internet Surfing: Well, if there is nothing else to do, you can always log on to the Internet. The Internet provides you an endless number of options for recreation, which include online games, online shopping, online chatting, video surfing, blogging, social networking, online dating or even reading the online news.
Dance: Dancing is not just an art, it also a great exercise and hence an effective stress buster! Although, it is always an added advantage if you take formal training in this art, it certainly isn't a prerequisite! Anyone and I mean, absolutely anyone can dance. Dance when you are happy, dance when you are sad, dance when you are bored, but every time you dance, dance like no one is watching you, and I guarantee that you'll enjoy every moment of it.
Music: Just like dance, music is just as leisurely - you don't have to be a great singer or a musician to enjoy music. I listen to music while I am driving to and from work, and I can't tell you the number of times I just start singing while listening to these songs. By the time I reach my destination, I am completely rejuvenated! Might sound too good to be true, but you have to experience it. You'll be surprised at the results yourself.
Indoor Games: A game of snooker, pool, table tennis, indoor tennis, badminton, racquetball or squash can be a great way to spend your time indoors and enjoy yourself!
Outdoor Recreational Options
If you are an outdoorsy person and are looking for exciting outdoor recreational activities, then I have put together some great outdoor activities that you can opt for. Go through the list, read the information and make your choice! Let the fun times roll!
Hiking: If it is a crisp sunny day with fresh fragrant winds, then what better thing to do than to go hiking in the lap of nature? Load your backpack and go hiking, either with a bunch of friends or by yourself! Hiking is a wonderful experience that will help you forget your stress and get rid of all your negativity.
Camping: Well, have a great camping place nearby? How about going camping? Enjoy nature's bounty as you camp at a verdant camping site, light up a fire and sit around with a sumptuous barbecue meal and refreshing drinks!
Fishing: Fishing is a favorite recreational sport for many ardent fishing lovers and yes, before all the animal right issues start coming into the picture, let me tell you that most of the fishing lovers allow their catch to go back to the water bodies once trapped in the nets. There are various types of fishing like trout fishing, sport fishing, bass fishing, fly fishing or even ice fishing.
Sailing: Imagine a pleasant day at a lake nearby, your boat gliding over the azure waters as you stand against the humid breeze and feel the wind in your hair...Sounds wonderful doesn't it? Well, sailing is exciting, and no matter with whom you want to go sailing; this can be a fun experience. Make it a lively family picnic at the sea on a bright sunny day or a quiet rendezvous with your lover in the evening, while you watch the orange-red sun melt in the waters. In addition to this, you can also pick out other activities like boating, kayaking or rafting.
Scuba Diving: Well, if you have always been a water lover, and would love to experience the flora and fauna of the deep waters, then scuba diving might be your thing! For beginners, it is advised to have a professional instructor with you. It is truly exhilarating to watch the beautiful shoals of fish pass right by your side or even grab bits of fish food from your hands! For adventure lovers, this is one must-do activity!
Skateboarding: Who said only kids should try skateboarding? But having said that I must add that no matter how old you are, you need to be physically fit to try out such sports! Skateboarding might be a fun way to spend time and enjoy the beauty of your lovely neighborhood or even meet your friends around the corner!
Skydiving: Having recently tried skydiving I can vouch for the fact that this is one adventure sport that you don't wanna miss! The excitement of the free-fall and the heavenly experience of the view that you enjoy during the parachute ride after the free fall, are truly blissful! The initial jump from about 12,000 feet is enough to give you the adventurous rush or kick that adventure-sports enthusiasts always talk about!
Skiing: Skiing or Snow Skiing is a collective term used for a number of sports that make use of skis as the primary equipment. There are several styles of skiing, some of which include Nordic skiing, Alpine skiing and Telemark skiing. If you are planning to visit the snowy mountains or are fortunate to have them close by, then skiing is something you must definitely try out. Another snow sport which is an amalgamation of skating and skiing is snowboarding.
Swimming: Swimming is also a favorite activity amongst water lovers. Swimming is an excellent way to relax yourself as well as a fun workout to keep you healthy. For people who just hate exercising in the gym, regular swimming might be a great way to stay in shape!
Surfing: Surfs up dude! Well, surfing is one of the coolest and most exciting water sports you'll come across. It is an enlivening experience to be one with the ocean as you ride the waves and see them rupture under your surfboard. Although a first impression of the surfers might lead you to believe that it is extremely easy, you will need a bit of initial training from a professional. So if you are a beginner, make sure you have a professional instructor to supervise you.
In addition to the aforementioned activities you can always indulge in various outdoor sports like cricket, golf, football, baseball or basketball.
Recreation time is all about having beautiful moments in your life, creating memories that you can reminisce and smile about!