The short answer to this question is a resounding yes! It’s totally possible to swim in a swim spa – in fact, this is one of the reasons why the swim spa was developed. Being able to swim at home used to require the luxury of a large pool, which could be expensive to install and maintain and which most people simply don’t have the space for. A swim spa is much smaller but still provides options for swimming as far, and as fast, as you want.
How does a swim spa work?
It’s the watery equivalent of a treadmill. Most of us have either used or seen a treadmill, whether at home or in the gym. On a treadmill you can run for miles without ever moving from a single spot and a swim spa is the same concept. A swim spa comes with a unit built in that pushes a consistent current towards you when you’re swimming, allowing you to essentially swim on the spot. You can set the resistance of the swim spa so that you’re moving at the pace that works best for you.
What’s the swimming experience like?
Most people who use a swim spa describe it as similar to open water swimming, not just because you can be out in the open air when you do it but also because the water can present a good level of challenge. Like a treadmill it can take a little getting used to but offers a great opportunity for daily exercise at home once you’re comfortable with the feeling and how you want to swim in it.
Is a swim spa like a hot tub?
The main difference is that the hot tub is designed to be enjoyed without moving. You’ll still get many of the hydrotherapy benefits of the hot tub experience in a swim spa but with the added advantage of being able to exercise too. Also, the flow rate in a swim spa tends to be higher because of the design and the technology required for the swim jets tends to be more advanced. If you’re looking for a way to exercise in water then the swim spa is the obvious choice.
What are the benefits of the swim spa?
Having a swim spa at home means that you’re able to exercise to your own schedule and as often as you want to. No expensive gym fees to pay and no need to share the water with strangers. Particularly in the light of COVID-19 it’s not just more convenient to have a swim spa at home but could be safer too. Swimming is a full body exercise that uses most major muscle groups but is supported and easy on joints and muscles. It’s a great way to exercise without risking the injuries that come from some higher impact sports, such as running.
It’s definitely possible to swim in a swim spa and the experience could change your life.