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Live a little

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Life is fast-paced, and everyone is pretty much used to it. There”s not a lot of time left at the end of the week for participating in leisure activities – things that bring you pleasure.

After you”ve tackled all your personal projects, worked 40-plus hours at your job and spent quality time with your family or have hustled them all around town to participate in their activities, time is spent. It”s a fact, and there”s nothing we can do to change it. Or is there? You can add leisure to your life without having to load up the mini van and cruise cross-country or take a week off of work.

Take a day, a weekend, or a few hours and find rest, relaxation and exhilaration close to home. You”re sure to reap the benefits of enjoying life a bit more when you do things that bring you pleasure and help you lead a more balanced life.

Whether it”s the thrill of recreation, the relaxation of the great outdoors or the sights and sounds of exciting attractions, we”ll show you how to live a little, by adding a little leisure to your life. Even if you just have one hour each week, or can spare an afternoon or weekend, we”ll show you how to squeeze some leisure within your time budget.

Sports and recreation

Only have one hour each week for leisure? Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation offers a myriad of recreation and leisure opportunities. From yoga and Tai Chi, to league sports and basket weaving, you are sure to find something to fit your interest and time constraints.

"You can pretty much find something every day of the year to do," said Tammy Gibson, resources and marketing specialist for Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation.

Last year, more than 12,000 people participated in adult sports leagues through Parks and Recreation. Aerobics and softball are popular pastimes, as are the cultural arts offerings, such as pottery, watercolors and drawing classes. For nature lovers, there is an outdoors interpretive program that teaches of the wildlife native to Gwinnett. If learning is leisure for you, the county offers Spanish classes and tennis lessons, among others.

With three community centers, hit the court to play basketball or swim in one of the three indoor aquatic centers year round. If you”re really pressed for time, commit just 30 minutes each week to enjoy a walk through one of the county”s 28 parks.

For a listing of activities and recreational opportunities, go to www.gwinnettcounty.com.

The wild side

Got an afternoon to spare? Let your inner child go wild at some of metro Atlanta”s fun attractions.

Tackle some of the tried and true favorites. Head to Six Flags for an afternoon of thrill rides and roar with the lions at Zoo Atlanta. Or opt for peace and quiet at the High Museum of Art where you can rekindle your appreciation for fine art.

But if you”re looking for a diversion you”ve yet to see or experience, discover the wonder of the ocean at the new Georgia Aquarium.

The 400,000-square-foot aquarium is one of the largest in the world, and will be home to more