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Slacklining

Slacklining

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Stefan Junghanns

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 13, 2009 Slackliner Stefan Junghanns walks on a 25 Millimeter wide strap as he practices in the park Alaunpark in Dresden, Germany. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)

What is it: Balancing on a length of webbing stretched between two trees, similar to a tightrope walker.

Who it appeals to: All types, from kids to retirees to working professionals, according to Mark McKee, president of Slackline Minnesota, a nonprofit that promotes the activity.

What goes with it: Healthy food and water is best, according to McKee. After all, you're trying to stay upright.

What to wear: Anything comfortable. And slacklining is typically done barefoot.

Rules, schmules: Like yoga, slacklining is more of a personal practice than a competition. You can walk on the line, do yoga poses, or even handstands. Just make sure you follow safety precautions. Slacklineminnesota.org has information to help you get started.

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