Swim Spas or Swimming Machines for Exercising!  

by Pool Builders on 11-29-2012 in Articles

Used for exercise, relaxation, or simple enjoyment, swim spas (sometimes called "swimming machines" or "endless pools") are versatile pieces of equipment. Their technology was perfected in the 1980s, created in the 1970s as an alternative to full-size swimming pools, and gave rise to the swim spas we know today. They can be used indoors or outdoors, heated or unheated, much like a hybrid between a swimming pool and a hot tub with a size falling somewhere between the two.
The resistance workout achieved from swimming against a current is one function of a swim spa. Due to their limited size, to accelerate water past the swimmer, this is accomplished through the use of water jets and while they work on their strokes, it thereby keeps them stationary. To provide resistance, holding the swimmer back as they swim against the pull, tethers are another method. With a tether, however, created by the motion of the swimmer's body, it is important to control the waves. As swimming in place provides more effective exercise than traditional laps, both methods are frequently employed by professional athletes. Water aerobics are the preferred form of exercise for many people, especially those with joint problems, because of its low-impact effect of the body.
Hydrotherapy is another function of swim spas. This popular pastime is not only relaxing, but physically beneficial for people suffering from muscle aches or arthritis which is achieved through the use of heated water and massaging jets. For this purpose, pools made specifically will often include built-in, molded seats.
Just like a regular pool or hot tub is the entertainment value of a swim spa, and to foster social interaction and provide amusement, they are an easy way. Making the spas a safer alternative to traditional swimming pools, parents of small children appreciate the shallower depths offered.
By full-size pools, there are many advantages to swim spas that cannot be matched. For installation, their smaller size makes them more cost-effective, and they can even be put indoors, if there is suitable room. Since, like a regular swimming pool, chemical additives are necessary to keep the water sanitary, especially in instances of multiple users, due to their smaller size, they are easier to clean and cheaper to maintain. The cost of heating is the most problematic feature, which for outdoor spas, can be quite high in winter. For hydrotherapy, ideal temperatures average about 95 degrees and 80 degrees for exercise. Thus spas are the best way to relax. After a lot of running around for the whole day, a person can relax in the spa and forget about his worries for some time. Water has lot of soothing properties that help a person to relax.

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