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Recreation Definition and History

Recreation is the refreshment of people's strength and spirits by means of enjoyable, leisure time activities.  In ancient Greece, athletic competitions were taken quite seriously, and it is from this tradition that the Olympic Games arose.  The ancient Romans engaged in more diverse forms of recreation, including fishing and hunting as well as board games and public entertainment activities.  Today, recreation and leisure activities encompass many different forms, ranging from outdoor sports, hobbies, games, team sports, and electronic media and entertainment modes.  A vast recreation and leisure industry has grown up around these activities, encompassing the production and marketing of sports equipment and related sporting goods as well as electronic game devices and various consumer electronics products.  Massive sports venues and elaborate theaters have also been created to entertain the public.
Interesting references to recreational and leisure activities are found in Mark chapter 6, verse 31 of the New Testament: "Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest a little.  For those going and those going were many, and they had not leisure even to eat" and in 2 Timothy chapter 2, verse 5: "And if also any one contend in the games, he is not crowned unless he contend lawfully".  More information about recreation is available on this Recreation Guide and Directory page.