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What kind of exercise can I do in a swim spa?

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Swim spas offer the best of both worlds… somewhere you can relax and unwind in warm, bubbly water, but also somewhere you can get fit and healthy.

Unlike a traditional hot tub, swim spas have been designed to offer you the opportunity to literally swim lengths in the comfort of your own back garden.

Longer in length and with different settings swim spas are a great all-in-one option.

At Hot Tub Barn we offer a range of hot tubs and swim spas for sale, and we’re experts in ensuring that you get the most out of your tub. In this blog post, we’ll look at the kind of exercise you can enjoy in a swim spa.

Go for a swim

The most obvious form of exercise to use your swim spa for is swimming. Specially designed to provide the experience of swimming lengths in a pool, a swim spa can provide different settings, resistance, and options to mix up your exercise regime.

From breaststroke to front crawl, you can practice all styles of swimming in your swim spa. Brush up on your technique or increase your stamina. In fact, a swim spa can provide an even greater workout than a traditional pool because the resistance from the jets will put your muscles through their paces!


Treading water

Walking in your swim spa can provide highly beneficial exercise as you tread the water. This is because the water provides resistance as you take steps, amplifying the work you must do to move your legs.

You can even try jogging in the water as this will create the same effect!

Walking or jogging in water is also better for your joints as it is less impactful than walking or jogging on solid ground. This is especially helpful for those with arthritis or other issues with their joints or muscles as it is much gentler on the body.


Squats are a great exercise to practice in your swim spa. Just as you would do on solid ground, ensure that your feet are planted on a stable surface within the swim spa and see how many squats you can do.


You can even perform yoga in a swim spa. This relaxing form of exercise lends itself perfectly to underwater activity as the warm water will help sooth, strengthen, and stretch your muscles into different positions.

And relax…

Of course, once you have completed exercise it’s time to sit back and unwind in your swim spa. The warmth and bubbles can help relax tired joints and muscles, helping you to recover from any strenuous exercise you have taken part in.

At Hot Tub Barn we have a range of different swim spas for sale offering you the opportunity to have your own perfect exercise and relaxation tub in the garden.

Speak to one of our experts today to find the best option for your needs.