The Benefits of a Swim Spa
Groups that Benefit Most by Exercising in Water:
Swimming is one of the Safest Exercises
There are far fewer injuries to swimmers than runners or competitive game players. Water supports the body reducing stress on joints. The cartilage in a swimmers knees and the bones of their spine do not suffer the shocks that runners, tennis players or other athletes suffer.
Sports injuries are a serious issue. Among baby boomers, alone, injuries run at nearly a millionincidents a year and cost around 20 billion dollars in medical expenses. For people aged 34 to 54 there are around 400,000 hospital admissions related to sport injuries, annually.
A staggering 5.5 million people consult a doctor for knee injuries in the average year.*
Swimming is not accident free but problems arise from carelessness- like diving in shallow water- rather than the nature of the exercise.
A swimming spa can be suitable for a lot of exercises besides swimming
If you want to use a swim spa as an aquatic gym you need a model with a flat, tough, non-slip bottom so that any equipment is secure in use.
These makers produce swim spas that are ideal for aquatic gyms:
Swim spas offer excellent therapy for a wide range of conditions. They promote good sleep, ease stiffness and reduce stress levels.
Exercise will help you sleep better. Soaking in hot water in the evening also promotes good sleep, according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends the use of spas and has found that regular sessions will help keep joints freely moving as well soothing arthritic pain. This makes moderate exercise possible which can restore strength and flexibility.
Ease long term conditions
The New England Journal of Medicine found that diabetic patients who used a spa regularly reported reduced blood sugar levels and better sleep patterns.
Swimming is Great for Anyone with Limited Mobility
If your mobility is limited in any way, swimming might be the only exercise that is really practical.
Arthritis sufferers are only one group who find running, step ups or other common exercises painful or impossible. And of course, if you fall over in water, you are not going to hurt yourself.
Anyone who has suffered an injury that has impacted on their mobility will understand the benefit of aquatic therapy, You can exercise without gravity getting in the way and you can use the natural resistance of water as a gentle way to work out and strengthen muscles.
If you are looking for a professional level hydrotherapy pool system used by many sports teams and hospitals you could check out Hydroworx.
Hydroworx also produce aquatic therapy orientated swim spas for home use.
Pool Pilates and other Water based Exercise Programs
Pool pilates, or Poolates, is just one of the exercise programs that offers complete body conditioning in a pool setting. Any swim spa with a flat bottom is ideal for these kinds of programs.
Swim Spas that Combine a Swimming Area and a Spa Area
A lot of seats in a swim spa can get in the way of swimming. Because of this, many swim spas have only a single bench seat which is not ideal if you like to blasted by powerful massage jets (it is easy to get pushed into a corner by the jets!).
Installations that combine a swimming area with a separate spa can solve this problem.
Cal Spa FP 4700
Swimmers Edge 18 Duo.
Turn any Pool into a Lap Pool or Swim Spa
There are water jets and propeller systems that will generate a current to allow swimming in place in any pool that is big enough. Some are designed to be installed behind the wall of the pool, others can hang over the wall.
The Fastlane from Endless Pools is one 'over the wall' system (picture right). For more try this page: Make any Pool or Spa a Swim Spa