Title : Education for leisure as a public health strategy health promotion with low financial cost
Leisure experiences can be a valuable tool for maintaining physical and psychological well-being. Studies show that experiencing leisure in free time is associated with better quality of mental and physical health. In the last five years, there has been an increase in the number of publications investigating leisure and its benefits for the mental health of adult individuals in transition to retirement (LAZAR; NGUYEN, 2017; LIN; JENG; YEH, 2018; LI; HSU; LIN; , 2019; MELLA et al., 2017; BARBOSA; MURTA, 2019; FANCOURT; TYMOSZUK, 2019; FU; LI; MAO, 2018; DENG; PAUL, 2018; KO; YEUNG, 2018). Physiologically, it is possible to observe such effects when the brain stimulation areas of experiences in the field of sensory skills, memory, motor coordination and emotions are analyzed (RUBIN & SAFDIEH (2008). These effects occur through the release of neurotransmitters known to act in the stimulation of positive emotions - serotonin, dopamine, gamma-aminobutyric acid, noradrenaline and oxytocin, thus generating sensations such as: control of mood, sleep, pleasure and well-being, as well as a feeling of tranquility, creativity, focus, proprioception, cognitive performance and motor, feeling of euphoria and depending on the region acting in the brain an increase in pleasure (ALVES JR, 2018). Science has already proven the physiological efficiency of these neurotransmitters in the physical and mental health of the human being, however there is a gap between this knowledge and how to stimulate such biochemical releases in the human organism in the daily life of each individual. In this sense, the proposal One of the most discussed topics is education for leisure as a public health strategy, using leisure spaces and free time as low-cost tools with beneficial effects on physical and mental health.