Swimming pools, hot tubs and softubs aren’t your only option for backyard fitness and leisure. A swim spa is basically a combination of the two, about the same width as a hot tub but about triple the standard length. Swim spas have a propulsion system that creates a current that you can swim against, think “water treadmill.” Though once swim spas were reserved for the rich and famous, an entry-level model from Purewater starts at under $200 a month. Now anybody can enjoy the many benefits of owning a swim spa.
How Does a Swim Spa Work?
A swim spa uses a paddlewheel, propeller, or jet propulsion system to create a current within the water. You get a great low-impact workout by swimming against the current. You’ll improve your swimming skills, endurance, strength, and receive excellent cardio training. Because the flow rate is adjustable, you can get a slow, gentle session in and gradually ramp up to Olympic training levels if you wish. New models even provide program options to vary intensity up and down, a form of interval training. In addition to stationary resistance swimming, you can use resistance cords for strength training or rowing bars to tone your muscles. Of course, the current can also be turned off for a relaxing hydrotherapy soak session – just like any other hot tub.
What Should You Look For?
The model you choose should be able to produce a high rate of water circulation and consistently balanced water distribution. The flow speed and current must be adjustable to suit different swimmer types and strengths, so beginner and advanced swimmers alike get an equally enjoyable and productive swimming session. As your endurance and strength progress, you’ll want to be able to increase the resistance for a greater challenge.
A swim spa is a fantastic way to get exercise without having to drive to the gym or invest in expensive home equipment that sits unused. Water is ideal for low-impact resistance training. If you have a condition like arthritis which makes high-impact training difficult, if you are recovering from injury, or if you’re an avid athlete, a swim spa is suitable for you. The fact that you can set the temperature from cool to warm means your comfort while you exercise is never an issue, and an outdoor swim spa (unlike an outdoor pool) can be used pretty much 350 days a year, even in Ottawa, with the water temperature at a comfortable setting.
Hydrotherapy is a feature of your swim spa which provides relaxation, relieves muscle pain, and puts you in a peaceful state of mind. Use massage jets to soothe your aching back, arms, and legs. Doing so can reduce high blood pressure, relieve headaches, and benefit the whole body. You deserve to de-stress and unwind in the comfort of home!
The buoyancy of the water makes it a great environment to rehabilitate and recover from injuries. When your joints are swollen and tight, or your muscles are sore, the small movements of daily life become difficult. Swim spas provide relief so you can recover quickly and get back to being yourself.
For more information, come visit us at Purewater. Let’s take some time to find a swim spa model that’s right for you.