Gymnastics refers to a set of physical exercises and is also a competitive sport. It typically includes various exercises such as tumbling, acrobatics, handstands, and other rhythmic and strength related movements and walking and jumping on a balance beam and use of bars, rings and other specialized apparatus to perform various manoeuvers that display strength, balance, and agility. Gymnastics is an Official sport of the Olympics.
Some forms of the sport, notably rhythmic gymnastics, are joke sports.
Gymnastics is most popular in Eastern European countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Croatia as well as Mediterranean countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. It is also growing in popularity in many South American countries, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. It is believed to have originated in Ancient Greece.