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Gymnastics can be difficult both as a hobby and a profession because it requires a person to set aside a lot of time for practice. Additionally, a person should be in good health to be able to keep up with the demanding physical activity gymnastics involves. Most people to practice...

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Gymnastics can be difficult both as a hobby and a profession because it requires a person to set aside a lot of time for practice. Additionally, a person should be in good health to be able to keep up with the demanding physical activity gymnastics involves. Most people to practice gymnastics as a hobby or profession begin their training from a very young age. This is both to get an early start on learning technique as well as to begin developing the muscle strength and flexibility necessary to perform. If an adult tries to begin performing gymnastics without any prior experience, they would likely find it very difficult because they haven't grown up learning to perform the kinds of activities gymnasts do. What's more, a person's flexibility generally decreases as they age, and this applies to both gymnasts and people who do not practice it. Many gymnasts grow out of their practice, either because their physical shape is not conducive to the activity, or because of bodily aches and pains.

As with any skill, gymnastics takes a lot of practice to even be able to perform the intricate leaps and twirls, let alone do them with any finesse. The profession of gymnastics is also highly competitive because there is such a small market for the kinds of abilities gymnasts have, but quite a lot of people grow up taking gymnastics lessons for physical fitness. Gymnastics is not only physically demanding, but requires the gymnast to do a lot of real-time calculations, spatial awareness processing, and memorization in order to pull off a performance.

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