Recharge at Recreational Centers: Why Visit?
January 20, 2023
Recreational spots are a great way to enjoy time outdoors, and an even better way to reap their wellness benefits. From better physical health to mental clarity, recreational centers offer a wide range of health benefits for people who want to look at their health as a whole. Here is an overview of some of the many health benefits one can experience from visiting recreational areas.
Enhanced Physical Fitness
When visiting recreational areas, people will have access to hiking trails where nature enthusiasts can participate in cardiovascular activities such as walking, running, and biking – all of which help improve fitness levels. Other recreational spots that involve physical activity, like sports centers or amusement parks, offer more opportunities for exercise while having fun at the same time. You can take a refreshing walk at the beautiful LUFASI Park or join the rollercoaster ride at the Apapa Amusement Park.
Reduced Stress Levels
Spending time in nature has proven to greatly reduce stress levels. Studies show that simply being near water helps reduce cortisol levels – a hormone associated with stress – while also increasing our serotonin levels, thus lifting our moods significantly. Take some time out to have fun at Landmark Beach. You can just sit by the beachside and enjoy the weather or go on a gentle boat cruise.
Improved Mental Health
The natural beauty in most recreational centers provides visual stimulation and helps open creative thought processes. Some people report heightened self-esteem after spending a lot of time outside. Pay a visit to Lakowe Lakes or the Omu Resort and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
One study published in the Nature journal found that playing video games can increase grey matter in the hippocampus, a brain region associated with spatial navigation and memory. There are many exciting video games at Rufus and Bee and VR Place for you to play.
Better Sleep Quality & Quantity
Because of its calming properties, spending time in nature can help us sleep better. This, combined with frequent cardiovascular activities, may allow for longer restorative periods during the night—leading to better overall sleep. Spend a day exploring the Lekki Conservation Centre Centre, you’ll feel refreshed and rejuvenated, and you’ll be able to sleep soundly at night.
In conclusion, investing in a balanced lifestyle that includes outdoor recreational activities and responsible indoor habits can profoundly impact our mental and physical health. By consistently prioritizing this balance over an extended time, we can all strive to achieve an optimal level of overall well-being, benefiting us and those around us. Get ready to explore the great outdoors with our list of the top 5 recreational spots for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and everyone in between
1. Rufus and Bee
Location: Okunde Bluewaters scheme Twinwaters Lagos, off Remi Olowude St, Eti-Osa, Lekki
Opening hours: Tuesdays- Sundays 12:00 – 22:30
Cost: ₦6,500 – ₦35,000
2. Omu Resort
Opening hours: Mondays – Saturdays: 9:00a.m – 6:00p.m
Sundays: 12:00 pm – 6:00p.m
Cost:₦7,000 -₦19, 500
3. Landmark Beach
Entry Cost: Members Free
Non-members (Adults): ₦3,500
6-12 years: ₦1,250
<6 years: Free
4. Lekki Conservation Centre
5. VR Place
Opening hours: Mondays – Sundays 11 am – 11 pm
6. Apapa amusement park
Location: 34 Randle Rd, Apapa Quays 102272, Lagos
7. Lakowe Lake and Resort
8. LUFASI Park
Location: FM73+VR5, Eti-Osa 106104, Lagos
Opening hours: Mondays – Saturdays: 10 am – 5 pm
Sundays:12 pm – 6 pm