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4 Water Sports You Didn’t Realize Helped with Concentration 3

Posted on December 08, 2019 by Brooke Chaplan

When you’re in the water, you have no choice but to be in the moment. Aquatic safety depends on how you note your surroundings and react in time when something unexpected happens. That means that water sports can help increase not only your stamina and flexibility, but also your concentration. These four water sports aren’t just fun ways to pass time. They can also help you to improve your focus.

Swimming

Swimming puts you in water and requires you to make your way through safely. You can’t bring in your smartphone or a book while you’re in the pool or ocean. Research suggests competitive swimmers can have a major advantage in their cognitive function abilities. To be an effective swimmer, one has to work their mental and physical faculties in equal measure. This concentration can apply to all kinds of activities, like driving and cooking.

Rowing

Rowing is one of the most demanding water sports. If you’re rowing with others as part of a team, you need to depend on each other to navigate the boat and reach the end. Your motions need to be full and deliberate. It can also show the importance of consistency. One full rotation of oars might not do anything, but repeated over time, you can find great results.

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