Benefits Of Recreation And The Healthy Effects Of Park Visitation

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Tuesday, 24 June 2014 | 426 Total Views


To many people recreation is only a word. It doesn't exist in their world neither is it possible for them to find time outside their work schedule. Some others consider it a waste of precious time and others think it will eat deep into their wallet.

Recreation is of immense importance and it doesn't have anything to do with large budgets. You can visit a park and get refreshed with little or almost nothing on you.

In Lagos for example, there are numerous gardens and parks built by the government for recreational activities. 

The benefits of parks and gardens, especially in a cosmopolitan city like Lagos, cannot be over- emphasised. From improving our physical and psychological health to making the environment and neighborhoods more beautiful places to live and work, the benefits of parks are endless. Parks and gardens provide a diverse and quantifiable range of benefits that immensely improve the quality of life of the people.

Most people are caught up in the day to day activities of trying to make a living without considering their health.

Research has shown that when people have access to parks, they relax and exercise more. Regular physical activity has been shown to increase health and reduce the risk of a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and diabetes. Physical activity also relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety, improves mood, and enhances psychological well-being. It has also been established that contact with natural habitat improves physical and psychological health. Older adults with access to recreational prospects profit from the social connections and interactions that are fundamental to their well-being.

There are a lot of parks in Lagos, an estimated 180 where you can go and have a good time with family and friends. You don't need to have all the money in the world to do this and a visit will prepare you for the challenge that the city of Lagos and work brings.