Using Fitness Spas to Improve Health: An Exercise Alternative

Fitness spas can be beneficial to those seeking an alternative to traditional dry-land exercise. Photo courtesy Cals Spas

By Rob Santos

Fitness spas continue to be a smart alternative for consumers seeking the health benefits and lifestyle improvements associated with aquatic exercise without the installation or maintenance of an inground pool. When used to their full advantage, fitness spas can be beneficial to those with physical injuries or limitations, as well as for those seeking an alternative to traditional dry-land exercise.

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Using Fitness Spas to Improve Health: Features to Consider

Buyers will want to make sure the model they are considering has a relatively flat surface in the main exercise area or swim zone, to provide necessary space for treadmill swimming. Photo courtesy Cals Spas

By Rob Santos

Although many manufacturers feature similar products, there are important features that buyers should consider before selecting a fitness spa for their home.

For instance, buyers will want to make sure the model they are considering has a relatively flat surface in the main exercise area or swim zone, not only to provide the user with a sturdy footing to perform exercise routines, but also to provide necessary space for treadmill swimming and water-based exercise equipment.

Buyers will also want to make sure there are enough exercise fittings located within the spa shell to accommodate multiple pieces of equipment. This will ensure the buyer purchases a fitness spa that will not only provide the best aquatic workout, but also deliver the results they want to achieve.

The most common exercise equipment available for today’s fitness spas includes a variety of resistance bands or bungee cord-style accessories. Resistance-band exercises are widely used among health-and-fitness practitioners for general-strength training, conditioning, rehabilitation or injury prevention. This type of training is also proven to be an ideal method for conditioning cardiovascular systems, as well as strengthening specific muscle groups.

The bands are compact, lightweight and water resistant, making them a natural fit for fitness spa exercises. They are designed to be attached, using available clips, to the exercise fittings located inside the spa shell. Aquatic exercise equipment is not always a standard feature in fitness spas, so it is important consumers understand what features and equipment is standard versus optional before selecting a model to purchase.

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Using Fitness Spas to Improve Health: Design

Properly designed fitness spa should include large entryways, steps and handrails, which allows the user to enter/exit the spa safely and comfortably. Photo courtesy Cals Spas

By Rob Santos

Although traditional swimming pool builders and crossover commercial builders are throwing their hats into the ring of swim and fitness installations, these types of projects can be quite costly and, in most cases, are not capable of providing the same comprehensive and practical features of a fitness spa.

Today, the most important goal for fitness spa manufacturers is creating a safe and multi-functional design, which one can use to strengthen their physique and ultimately improve their quality of life. A properly designed fitness spa should include large entryways, steps and handrails, which allows the user to enter/exit the spa safely and comfortably.

For those who may need additional help when entering/exiting the spa, a variety of powerlift devices are available. These convenient lifts can be easily installed onto the side of most fitness spas and, in some cases, simply plugged into a standard power outlet. Other powerlift devices can be more complex and may require professional installation by a licensed contractor and electrician.

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Using Fitness Spas to Improve Health: Hydrotherapy Benefits

Many fitness spa models also offer the same hydrotherapy benefits found in traditional hot tubs. Photo courtesy Cals Spas

By Rob Santos

Since ancient times, warm-water therapy has been one of the safest and most effective methods of improving mental and physical health.

When shopping for a fitness spa, consumers will be pleased to learn that not only do they serve as a complete aquatic gym and rehabilitation centre; many models also offer the same hydrotherapy benefits found in traditional hot tubs. For example, most seats in a fitness spa are ergonomically designed to cradle the body and feature a variety of strategically placed therapy jets to deliver a full-body massage.

Further, if the fitness spa is set at a higher temperature, the soothing hot water will raise the body’s temperature and, as a result, bolster the immune system and trigger endorphins—the body’s natural pain and stress relievers.

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Using Fitness Spas to Improve Health: Mature Adults

By Rob Santos

Fitness spas are also popular among mature adults looking to improve their overall health and lifestyle. Performing low-impact exercises in a fitness spa is ideal for mature adults who are not able to perform more strenuous exercises on land.

Regular aquatic exercise can also decrease disabilities by improving joint and muscle flexibility, which helps to improve overall mobility and ease of daily activities.

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