When winter draws in, it is easy to forget about outdoor exercises. The running shoes are locked away until spring, and the thought of staying warm inside far outweighs any idea of venturing out in the dark for a workout session.
It is easy to neglect your workout equipment at this time, but what if I told you that your swim spa doesn’t have to be one of them?
Yes, you heard that right. Using a swim spa in cold weather is not only possible but also immensely enjoyable.
Here at Hydropool Surrey, we have seen many benefits of swim spas first-hand through our many deliveries across Surrey and beyond, and the fact they are perfect for cold weather exercise is certainly a big positive.
In this blog, we’ll dive into how you can make the most of your swim spa during those nippy months, ensuring you stay warm, relaxed, and fit all year round.
Let’s take a look.
Understanding Your Swim Spa
Swim Spa Basics
A swim spa is a fantastic hybrid between a swimming pool and a treadmill.
It’s designed for exercise and comes equipped with powerful jets that create a current to swim against.
It is similar to a treadmill in the way it is designed to allow you to exercise on the spot, with any forward motion being counteracted by the flow of the water.
A swim spa is ideal for allowing you to swim to your heart’s content, but without taking up a large footprint like the aforementioned swimming pool.
Features Beneficial for Cold Weather
When it comes to cold weather, your swim spa’s heating system is your best friend.
Modern swim spas are well-insulated and have high-quality heaters, making them perfectly usable even in freezing temperatures.
In fact, our swim spas are always heated to a comfortable temperature, and this should be adjusted to suit the activity you are partaking in.
For example, if you are planning a high-intensity workout, something around the 27 degrees Celsius mark would be right. If you’re looking to take a slow swim without too much vigour, then don’t be afraid to go to the mid 30s to help keep yourself warm.
Look for features like thermal covers and efficient insulation that help maintain the heat without using a large amount of energy.
The only problem is, when it feels so good inside the swim spa, you’re never going to want to get out.
Preparing Your Swim Spa for Cold Weather
Insulation and Heat Retention
To ensure your swim spa retains heat effectively, check the insulation around the cabinet and the cover.
Upgrading to a high-quality insulated cover can drastically reduce heat loss.
If you are finding your energy usage is rising, or your swim spa is struggling to retain heat, there may be an insulation issue.
You should also ensure your heating system is always well-maintained. This will allow it to work efficiently and minimise the chance of breakdown. The last thing you want to do is jump into an unheated pool, so don’t risk it and keep a close eye on your heating system.
Adjusting the Temperature
While you might enjoy a cooler dip in the summer, winter can call for warmer waters.
If you are looking for something a little warmer, then don’t be afraid to turn up your settings slightly.
As mentioned previously, there is such a thing as having the water too hot, especially when exercising, so the best bet is to always start low, and if you feel like you’re too cold, heat the swim spa up slightly.
Another thing to consider is how often you are planning on using your swim spa. If you use it every day, then keeping it at a level temperature is the most energy-efficient way of doing things. If you’re more of an every-now-and-then type of user, letting it cool and just heating it up before use could be the best way to go.
Protecting Your Swim Spa
Investing in a good-quality cover not only maintains the temperature but also protects your spa from debris.
Especially in times of extreme weather, make sure your cover is on and secure.
Regular maintenance checks are crucial in winter to ensure everything is functioning correctly.
Health and Safety Considerations
Comfortable Temperature Ranges
It’s important to keep in mind the comfortable temperature ranges (between 28-32 degrees), especially in colder weather.
While the weather outside may be frightful, don’t be afraid to spend a good amount of time in your swim spa. As long as the temperature is circa 30 degrees, your body should stay at a safe and comfortable temperature.
Hydration and Exposure
Despite being surrounded by water, it’s easy to get dehydrated in a heated swim spa.
Make sure to stay hydrated by keeping a drink nearby.
Making the Most of Your Cold-Weather Swim
Exercise and Relaxation
The swim spa in cold weather is perfect for keeping your fitness routine interesting.
Water exercises, swimming against the current, or even water yoga can be incredibly refreshing in the warm water.
It’s also a great way of getting exercise when it may be hard to travel, or you simply don’t want to commute to the gym in the cold. Your swim spa is in the luxury of your own back garden, so all it takes is a few steps and you can be surrounded by warm water.
Addressing Common Concerns
One of the biggest concerns about using a swim spa in winter is the increased energy consumption.
To combat this, ensure your spa is well-insulated and the cover is in good condition to minimise heat loss.
Also, as mentioned above, assess your usage, and decide whether keeping the swim spa at a constant temperature or letting it cool is the best bet for you.
You can also consider an air source heat pump which would help reduce the running costs.
Using a swim spa in cold weather is not only feasible but can add a uniquely enjoyable dimension to your winter routine.
With the right preparation and maintenance, your swim spa can transform into a winter oasis, offering a warm refuge from the cold and a fun way to stay active.
So, don’t let the dropping temperatures keep you away from your beloved swim spa.
Embrace the chill and dive into a warm, relaxing experience, with a swim spa from Hydropool Surrey.
And if you want to know more, or would like to see our swim spas in action in our showroom, then get in touch with our team today.