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children, sport, hobby, health : Traditional Russian sport
Traditional Russian sportSport is very popular in Russia. In their early childhood kids begin to attend different sports clubs. Boys are fond of marshal arts, kick-boxing, tennis, ice hockey. Girls take up dancing, gymnastics, figure skating. Marshal arts are also very popular with girls now. There are traditional russian kinds of sports clubs as well, such as cross-country skiing, skating, football, athletics, folk dances. And they are free of charge. But they are not that popular with russian kids now. Besides, winters have become much milder over the last 20 years, sometimes it more often rains in winter than snows. That's why in schools ( where traditionally children have taken up skiing instead of physical training in winter) teachers decide to give up skiing at all. And there are no special facilities for this kind of sport in such big cities as Moscow, for example, where you can't go to a nearby wood for skiing. Swimming and gymnastics is much more convenient for big city schools. But our ex-President Putin goes in for mountain-skiing, and this sport has become extremely popular with Russians, although the equipment and coaching is rather expensive. In mountain-skiing clubs in Moscow they always use artificial snow now.
Adults usually go to fitness centers, men take up body-building, power-lifting. Girs in their 20s and women prefer aerobics and aqua-aerobics as well. And all the youth and adults like riding a bike, especially in good weather. Teenagers also go for extreme riding on their mountain bikes. But that is something which is certainly not for everybody.
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