In a previous article, we covered some of the health benefits of using a swim spa: improved cardiovascular health, weight management, better cholesterol levels, stress reduction and living longer. Here are another five potential benefits of owning a swim spa and making swimming part of your healthy living.
Safe exercising for overweight & arthritis. Having a big body of water in your own backyard makes it easier for those with weight issues or arthritis to safely do exercise to stretch and work stiff joints. Depending on how far you immerse your body, you eliminate the burden of 50-90% of your body weight on muscles and joints. Because you’re buoyant it will make it easier for you to do exercises and flex stiff joints. The warm water is also ideal for arthritis sufferers.
Stronger muscles & bones. Swimming affords you the opportunity to work nearly every muscle in your body. The water resistance puts just the right amount of challenge on your body’s muscles—much better than many other aerobic exercises. This is excellent for muscle toning and overall strength. And, here’s a bonus: regular swimming has been shown to increase bone strength, especially in post-menopausal women.
Reduce asthma symptoms. Those with asthma have discovered exercising and swimming in a heated body of water—like a swim spa—is easier on their pulmonary system over working out in a gym. The heat and moist air is less irritating to those with asthma. Because it also challenges your lung capacity and breath control, swimming has been found to improve the overall condition of some asthma sufferers—especially children.
Lower diabetes risk. Robust swimming activity has been found to help lower the risk of diabetes. In fact, one study showed that men who burned at least 500 calories through swimming reduced their risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 6%. For women, the results are even more encouraging: risk of Type 2 Diabetes decreased by 16%! Swimming can aid your body’s natural insulin production, as well as aid glycemic control.
How many more reasons do you need to check out owning a swim spa? Not only is a swim spa good for you, it’s really great fun for the entire family—and your friends. It’s not too late to make 2012 the year for a healthier you! Check out our entire line of TidalFit Swim Spas today at any of our Oregon Hot Tub stores. You’ll be glad you did!