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Dive into Wellness: Exploring the Health Benefits of a Swim Spa

Written By Ashley Field

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Swim spas are the latest and greatest in hydromassage combined with the fun of a swimming pool and the challenge of a fitness trainer. If you are considering a swim spa you probably already know there are some incredible benefits of owning one — such as having fun with friends, family, or neighbors, exercising in comfort, and excellent hydrotherapy for relaxation and recovery.


This article will address specific health benefits that you may experience from regular swim spa use. It will also dive further into the overall wellness aspects of a swim spa. Finally, this article will provide information about some of the Jacuzzi® Swim Spas that might be right at home in your own backyard as well as the features they offer.


What is a swim spa?

Swim spas have recently become very popular among consumers. They have been on the market since the 1980s but have become more mainstream around 2010. Swim spas were then modified to provide bathers with dual-temperature options. This is when consumers took notice of swim spas as a place where they could have fun with friends and family, enjoy customizable aquatic workouts, and also soak in the benefits of a hot tub.


A swim spa is a combination of a traditional swimming pool and a hot tub. It is generally an elongated rectangular shape, with jetted seats along the perimeter of one end, which is the dedicated hot tub area. The latter end and central area serve as the play and exercise area. This central area surface is level along the bottom, ideal for water games or aquatic aerobics. The other end is equipped to create a powerful and adjustable current for when you are ready for a swim training challenge.


You can adjust the resistance of the current you swim against based on your fitness level and how challenging you want your workout to be. As you build strength and endurance, you can continue to level up the resistance so you can continually challenge yourself. Additionally, optional accessories can be purchased to further enhance your fitness training time in your swim spa with items such as tethers, fitness kits, specialty goggles, and much more. 

What are the wellness benefits of a swim spa?

There are some incredible wellness benefits of a swim spa. Let’s dip into that aspect with the following ways in which a swim spa can improve your life and your health:


Fitness — Most people know there are not only physical but also mental benefits to physical activity, but specifically water workouts can benefit your health in several ways. An article published on the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Publishing website states that water workouts are gentler on your body, work more muscles, and help you burn more calories than you could on land, thanks to the resistance the water creates as you exercise. 


Because water is denser than air, which creates a resistance factor, the article states: “Water exercise is a double-duty workout—cardio and strength training. This may be why many studies have found increases in lean body mass in people participating in an aqua exercise program.”


Relaxation — Most people in today’s hustle-bustle world can admit to having some level of stress. Unfortunately, stress can cause health issues both physically and mentally. Specific relaxation techniques are touted for their ability to “lower stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you have an illness,” according to the Mayo Clinic.


An article on the organization’s website focused on these relaxation techniques further states: “Relaxation isn’t only about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. It’s a process that lessens the stress effects on your mind and body.”


Hydrotherapy is listed as one of these important relaxation techniques, which the Mayo Clinic states can slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, slow breathing rate, improve digestion, control blood sugar levels, improve focus, mood, and sleep quality, lessen anger and frustration, and boost confidence to handle problems.


The article states that to get the most benefit from relaxation techniques, they can be used in conjunction with other coping methods such as exercising regularly, spending time outside, and reaching out to family and friends. These are all things that your swim spa can help you accomplish.


Socialization — Most people enjoy social time with loved ones, friends, and neighbors. But did you know that social connectedness is actually beneficial to your health? An article on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states, “Social connectedness influences our minds, bodies, and behaviors—all of which influence our health and life expectancy.” Social connectedness can lead to a longer life, better health and improved well-being.


Consider the importance of quality relationships in your life and the amount of time you have to spend with people you care about. A swim spa can be the mechanism to bring your loved ones together for social bonding time, which can benefit all of you.


A strong healthy heart and lungs — The Cleveland Clinic even reports the benefits of a water workout on your heart. An article on the organization’s website, states that swimming’s cardiovascular benefits include improved cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure, and lowered risk of heart disease. Furthermore, swimming can help improve lung strength and capacity. It’s always important to check with your general physician before beginning a new fitness regime.


These benefits alone are reason enough to consider a swim spa. Beyond proven health and wellness benefits, your comfort, enjoyment, and peace of mind are all invaluable aspects — and things that can be leveled up with a swim spa.

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What swim spa options does the Jacuzzi® brand offer?

If you are considering a swim spa, the Jacuzzi® brand features distinct models designed for every need, whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior. A Jacuzzi® Swim Spa can help you increase your ability to train, recover, relax, and perform — all while reaping the incredible benefits of aquatic aerobics and high-level hydrotherapy.


All of the Jacuzzi® Swim Spa models deliver the best high-performance swim experience through the combination of the latest aquatic technology and the expertise of Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets for a predictable swim. Jacuzzi® Swim Spas are designed with a balance of form and functionality and built with superior materials. Easy-to-use water management systems that offer exceptional performance are also encompassed in Jacuzzi® Swim Spas.


There are three Jacuzzi® Swim Spa Collections:


The Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Swim Spa Collection is for those who swim competitively or are interested in building endurance. This collection combines the very best of aquatic technology with the therapeutic performance of Jacuzzi® PowerPro® Jets. Features include:


  • Turn-free laps
  • Adjustable Jacuzzi® PowerPro® PX swim current
  • SteadySwim™ buoyancy jet to support your swim position
  • ProTouch™ control near hydrotherapy seats
  • Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise
  • SmoothSwim™ shell design
  • Four hydromassage seat
  • ClearRay Active Oxygen® Clean Water System
  • Standard FORM Goggles wearable technology
  • Optional — 48-inch exercise bar and PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit


The Jacuzzi® PowerActive™ Swim Spa Collection combines the benefits and joys of in-place swimming, relaxing hydromassage, and relaxing social time with friends and family in the comfort and convenience of your own backyard all year round. The swim spas in this collection invite you to exercise, relax, and play at your desire. Features include:


  • Turn-free laps
  • Adjustable PowerActive™ AX swim current
  • SteadySwim™ buoyancy jet to support swim position
  • ProTouch™ control near hydrotherapy seats
  • Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise
  • SmoothSwim™ shell design
  • Four hydromassage seats
  • ClearRay Active Oxygen® Clean Water System
  • Optional — Standard FORM Goggles wearable technology, 48-inch exercise bar, and PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit


For just the right balance of relaxation and social time with family, friends, and loved ones, the Jacuzzi® PowerPlay™ Swim Spa Collection allows you a place to enjoy aquatic fitness with a predictable swim current, adjustable water temperature for water play, and hydromassage seats for relaxation bliss. Features include:


  • Spacious area for swimming, relaxing, and playing
  • Adjustable PowerPlay® CX swim jets
  • TP 600 topside control near hydrotherapy seats
  • Soft Stride mat for no-slip aquatic exercise
  • Turbulence-free return suctions
  • Mix of hydromassage seats and bench seating
  • Seating for up to nine people
  • PowerTone® Aquatic Fitness Kit (optional)


When seeking a swim spa for health and wellness benefits, a Jacuzzi® Swim Spa can meet your every need and exceed your every expectation. As you continue on your research and shopping journey, it’s worth a visit to an authorized swim spa showroom. Here, you can browse various brands and models and speak with an educated professional about the various benefits, features, amenities, and price breakdowns of the models you are interested in. You can also speak to your spa dealer about warranties and financing options so you can enjoy the swim spa of your dreams for many years to come.


Affiliations: Jacuzzi® is a registered trademark of Jacuzzi Group. All rights reserved.


Medical disclaimer: This information is not intended to prescribe a particular diagnosis or course of action. We are not medical professionals. Please contact your GP or other medical professional for advice if you have any concerns about your current health or well-being.

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About The Author: Ashley Field

Director of Training, Jacuzzi Group

Ashley Field has been with Jacuzzi Group since 2016, previously having worked for Discover Financial Services and Taco Bell. When she was initially contacted about an opportunity with Jacuzzi Group, she loved the idea of building... Read Full Bio