The Complete List of Swim Spa Health Benefits

Posted by Nick Clamp in Buying a swim spa on 12th October 2020

A swim spa is your own personal swimming pool and home spa you can hop into to exercise or relax in whenever you want. 

It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day and get in your daily exercise. 

And it probably comes as no surprise that there are a whole host of benefits associated with making swimming and soaking in a home spa a regular part of your routine.

The benefits of swimming

Photo © Aqua Warehouse

No matter what your age, weight and physical ability, swimming is an effective, low-impact workout.

And when you have a swim spa, you can skip battling through traffic to get to the local pool, the hassle of using public changing rooms, and the inconvenience of using a communal shower. Instead you can step straight out of your back door into your own private swimming area.

Owning a swim spa makes you much more likely to swim on a regular basis and enjoy all its many benefits, including:

It’s one of the most effective forms of exercise

Swimming is one of the best cardio exercises there is. 

It provides a full-body workout that’s guaranteed to get your heartrate up, helping to boost your  cardiovascular health and keep you fit and healthy.

And the buoyancy of the water means that your body weighs 90 per cent less than it does on land, meaning there’s far less impact on your joints when you swim than when you walk or jog.

Swimming burns more calories than almost any other form of cardio, too.

For example, a 13-stone person burns approximately 288 calories while swimming laps at a casual pace for half an hour. The same person would burn just 136 if they spent that time walking at a moderate pace and 103 doing yoga, giving breaststroke a huge bang for its buck when it comes to gentle exercise. 

Plus, studies show you can also exercise longer in water than on land without increased effort or joint or muscle pain.

Which means swimming is not only easier on your joints and burns more calories than most forms of cardio, but you can quite comfortably do it for far longer as well.

It’s one of the nation’s favourite exercises

Studies show that people enjoy water-based workouts more than exercising on land. 

And 4.7 million Brits swim twice or more a month according to Sport England, making it one of the UK’s most popular physical activities.

Plus, swimming is the most popular sport among 5 to 10 year olds in England by far.

Simply put: people of all ages love to swim. And a swim spa lets your whole family enjoy the sport whenever they want without any hassle. 

It can boost your mental health

Swimming doesn’t just have physical benefits, either. Studies show it improves your mood and reduces stress.

So, if you’re ever overwhelmed, a quick workout in your swim spa is a great way to destress. 

It’s a great way to spend more time with friends and family

We’re hypersocial animals. In fact, a metastudy by Harvard Medical School revealed that people with strong social ties are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.

And between the swimming area and the hot tub, a swim spa is a great way to bring the whole family together for a splash, a soak, and some quality social time.

It lowers your risk of whole host of diseases 

Regular swimming can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke, according to the NHS.

Amazingly, research shows swimmers have about half the risk of death compared with inactive people, meaning a daily dip in your swim spa might just be the best thing you can do for your health.

It’s perfect for people with preexisting health conditions

Because it’s so low-impact, swimming is a great exercise for people with a wide range of preexist health conditions:

  • It can help manage blood sugar levels in type 2 and gestational diabetes and increase insulin sensitivity, according to swimming.org
  • Studies show exercise therapy in warm water can decrease anxiety and depression and improve the mood of people with fibromyalgia.
  • One study showed that people with osteoarthritis experience less joint pain and physical limitation after swimming.
  • A 20-week swimming programme significantly reduced pain, fatigue, and depression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).

Instant access to a place to enjoy water-based exercise in the form of a swim spa can literally be life changing for someone with one of these conditions. 

It’s a great exercise during your golden years

Since it’s so low-impact, swimming is an excellent exercise to do long into your old age.

Studies show water-based exercise improves the quality of life of older adults and decreases disability. It also improves or maintains the bone health of post-menopausal women, according to research

This makes a swim spa a great investment if you’re looking to keep fit into your golden years. 

It’s safe during pregnancy

Research suggests that water-based exercise is the safest way women can stay active when they’re pregnant.

Studies not only show that swimming in chlorinated pools is completely fine while pregnant, but that women who swam during their early to mid-pregnancy had a lower risk of preterm labour and congenital defects. 

Plus, water-based exercise can improve the health of mothers and their unborn children as well as have a positive effect on the mothers’ mental health, according to research.

If you’re expecting a pregnancy in the family, investing in a swim spa will mean the pregnant woman won’t have to go through the hassle of going to a public pool to enjoy all these benefits.

It slows the aging process

Amazingly, swimming has even been shown to significantly slow the ageing process.

According to Dr Joel Stager, a researcher at the University of Indiana: “Exercising in water slows down the aging process, and often quite dramatically – by upwards of 20 percent in some cases. You almost cannot overstate the benefits of exercising in water.”

Which means your swim spa could be your own private fountain of youth.

The benefits of a swim spa

Photo © Artesian Spas

The health benefits don’t end in the swimming area of your swim spa. Hopping in its hot tub boosts your health in a whole host of ways as well.

Stress relief

Studies have shown that hydrotherapy can give you a psychological and emotional boost, making a soak in your home spa a powerful antidote to life’s little stresses.

Reduces aches and pains

Studies show hydrotherapy treatment soothes the symptoms of people living with chronic back pain – which 34% of Brits do. That makes a daily dip in a hot tub an effective – and enjoyable – way to manage a bad back.

A better night’s sleep

An evening soak in your spa can help you sleep soundly as well. A study of insomniacs revealed that soaking in hot water before bedtime leads to deeper, more restful, and more continuous sleep. 

Weight loss

Did you know soaking in a hot tub for an hour burns around the same number of calories as a 30-minute walk?

So, slip into the hot tub section of your swim spa after a short swim to burn even more calories.

Muscle relaxation and recovery

Studies have shown that hydrotherapy boosts recovery rates after exercise and reduces fatigue. Swap straight into the hot tub after a swim to speed up your recovery time.

Manage diabetes and heart disease

Studies show that soaking in a hot tub has an effect on insulin sensitivity and blood pressure that’s “comparable to those of exercise training”.

And a follow-up study revealed that regular spa use is “a promising and inexpensive tool for the treatment of obesity and diabetes”.

This makes following a gentle swim with a hot tub session a great way to help manage conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

Minimise the pain of arthritis and Fibromyalgia

A study of the effects of hydrotherapy on people with severe arthritis found that it reduced pain more effectively than drug therapy.

Studies on the effect of hydrotherapy on people with arthritis have shown that it can reduce pain, tension, and joint tenderness – in some cases more effectively than drug therapy

And studies have also shown hydrotherapy improves physical functionality, sleep quality, and the ability to do their jobs for people with Fibromyalgia while also reducing pain intensity, fatigue, stiffness, anxiety, and depression.

While soaking in a hot tub won’t cure arthritis or Fibromyalgia, it’s a proven way to get temporary relief from the chronic pain those conditions cause.

Improved cardiovascular health

Using a home spa for as little as ten minutes a day can lower your blood pressure, meaning that every time you hop in the hot tub section of your swim spa you’re getting a cardiovascular boost

The final verdict

Swimming is one of the best cardio exercises you can do, and hopping in a hot tub comes with a whole host of unexpected health benefits. 

And on top of that, they’re both such pleasurable pastimes that you can reap their health benefits as a byproduct of doing something relaxing, fun, and often in the company of your nearest and dearest. 

Get your free copy of WhatSwimSpa? magazine for help picking the perfect swim spa for you and your family to start enjoying the boost both its functions will bring to your health and wellbeing.

About the author

Nick Clamp

Nick Clamp is the Editor-in-Chief at WhatSwimSpa?

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