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Can A Hot Tub Be Used as A Pool?

For a lot of Canadians, being convinced about installing a pool in their backyard can be a tough sell.  The fact that it might only get used for 4 months of the year due to the weather is an obvious disincentive.  For others, the cost may be the biggest stumbling block.  Although not as common, some people just don’t have space for a full-sized swimming pool.  For this reason, we frequently come across the question of, “Can a hot tub be used as a pool?”  And while an answer might understandably come back in the negative, there are a lot of ways in which you can use a hot tub to gain the same benefits that you would get from a swimming pool as well.  This article will go over some of the benefits which can be derived by both.

Relaxation

Many people use their swimming pool as a place to lounge around in and relax. If you’re looking for relaxation, you’ll find that a hot tub is as good and arguably better than a swimming pool.  Warm water, massaging jets, and effervescent bubbles are a great way to provide relaxation after a hard day’s work.  You don’t need a full-sized swimming pool if all you’re is seeking relaxation.

Socializing

Although there’s a certain cachet that comes with the term, “pool party” you can have just as much fun by throwing a hot tub party.  You may not be able to get as many people in the water at the same time, but the sentiment remains the same.  That said, hot tubs are more intimate than swimming pools and therefore more conducive to socializing with small groups of close friends and family.  Rather than a bunch of raucous teenagers, think more along the lines of stimulating and intelligent conversation amongst a select few.

Hydrotherapy

Swimming pools have been known to be used by people with mobility issues, arthritis and other bone and muscular problems to provide an exercise space with the added benefit of water buoyancy.  Hot tubs can be used in a similar way, but also increase the therapeutic value by adding warm water and massaging jets into the mix.  Hot tubs can even provide customizable hydrotherapeutic benefits with adjustable jets and water temperature controls.

Exercise

While you probably won’t be swimming laps in your hot tub, you can still get a decent workout.  You can use water resistance to your advantage to turn what might be simple land exercises into strenuous sessions in your hot tub.  The warm water also helps to increase blood flow and reduce the chances of muscle strain or injury.  Try some yoga moves, jog in place or perform your squats in the hot tub for a unique and refreshing workout.

Year-Round Use

A major benefit of the hot tub compared with the swimming pool is that you’ll be able to use it all year round.  You definitely won’t be out in your swimming pool when it’s snowing and it’s unlikely you’ll be out there when it’s miserable and raining, but many people find that inclimate weather can provide the best backdrop for a dip in the hot tub.  No need to shut down your hot tub once the seasons change.

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