In all actuality, probably not.
They both provide therapeutic massage, stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller), and allow for relaxation and stress relief. It’s just that a swim spa does a little, well, more – like offering a swim current for swimming and aquatic exercise.
If you’re considering a swim spa – or simply curious – this article will provide an in-depth look at swim spas and help you better understand whether a swim spa or a hot tub is best for you.
What is a Swim Spa?
Simply put, a swim spa is a fitness beast that allows you to swim continuously against the water without turning around. Because of the paddle-wheel device, fan or jet propulsion, the water can provide a constant, powerful current. The smaller area of the spa is more like a traditional hot tub, which features water jet seating and massaging for a relaxing soak.
If you want the true therapeutic benefits of a hot tub, you will need to get a larger unit with dual-zone heating. This allows one side of the spa to remain fresh and crisp for exercise, while the other section remains heated, and enables you to relax after a vigorous fitness routine – just like a traditional hot tub. For that reason alone, the swim spa is one of the hottest tubs on the market.
How is a Swim Spa used for Exercise?
Swim spas are flexible, and there are many exercise activities you can use them for:
- Swimming laps
- Water aerobics
- Water yoga
- Water walking and running
Some of the luxury swim spas are more like an all-in-one gym with the option of additional fitness equipment, such as: water treadmill, water cycle, and exercise bands.
When deciding between a swim spa or a hot tub, you need to consider if you’re seeking a quiet, tranquil setting for relaxing, or if exercising and physical fitness is your goal. The bottom line: hot tubs are best for regular soaks, while swim spas are the bomb for fitness enthusiasts. The good news is you can experience both with a swim spa.
Come on down to one of our showrooms and see firsthand the difference between a swim spa and hot tub. A spa professional will be available to help you every splash of the way.