If you have thought of owning a swim spa, you’re on the right track. Being able to swim daily in the privacy of your own backyard provides numerous health benefits. Here are just a few of the top health benefits.
Improved cardiovascular health. Any physical activity is good for your heart. Swimming is yet another excellent way to work out the most important muscle of your body, increasing heart rate and blood flow to every part of your body. Because swimming is a terrific aerobic exercise, it helps strengthen your heart by helping it become larger and a more efficient pump. It can also aid your body’s inflammatory response, which is one of the issues that can lead to heart disease. Did you know…? A daily swim for 30 minutes can reduce coronary heart disease for women by 30-40%!
Weight management. Daily use of a swim spa is a solid way to burn calories and assist with weight control. Consider these swim strokes and the calorie burn from each in a ten minute circuit: breast stroke—60 calories; backstroke—80 calories; freestyle—100; butterfly—150 in just 10 minutes! Boost calorie burning during a swim by varying the distances swum (50, 100, 150 yards) in each period with 10 second rests in between.
Improved cholesterol. Swimming can help balance the levels of HDL & LDL cholesterol in your body. Because it’s a great aerobic exercise, swimming helps increase the level of HDL (the “good” cholesterol) in your bloodstream. For every 1% increase in HDL in your body, the risk of heart disease drops by 3½%.
Stress reduction. As with any exercise regimen, you’ll certainly find using a swim spa to be a terrific way to discharge the stress of the day. Swimming produces that natural high that comes from increased endorphin production. The stretching and relaxing of your muscles during a swim, along with its rhythmic breathing, is similar to the way your body responds when doing yoga. The sound of your own breathing coupled with the sounds of splashing water will drown out the day’s distractions and get you back to center. Did you know…? Research has shown that brain cells lost through stress get replaced during swimming. The term for this–hippocampal neurogenesis—is encouraged during swimming.
Extend your life! Swimming in a swim spa can ultimately lead to living a longer, healthier life. The University of Carolina conducted a swim study, following a group of over 40,000 men for 32 years. The men ranged in age from 20-92. The results? Men who swam had a 50% lower rate of death compared to men who used running or walking as a consistent way to exercise, or those who did no physical activity.