The Benefits of Treadmill Pools
The Benefits of Treadmill Pools
The buoyancy offered by warm water environments allows people of all fitness levels to achieve workouts that would be otherwise impossible on land. Research shows that those who regularly use treadmill pools increase their running speed and improve their balance, posture and strength.
Directional water jets add additional resistance, engaging the upper body and core. This creates a more challenging run while still reducing impact.
Low-Impact Running and Walking Options
Designed for fitness and rehabilitation, our self-powered underwater treadmill offers weight free exercise that is more effective than running on land. It’s easy to adjust speeds for a walk, gentle run or intense workout. For a more challenging workout, turn on the swim current for increased resistance against core, leg and upper body muscles.
Studies have shown that aquatic running burns just as many calories as a traditional treadmill exercise, but without the impact on your joints and muscles. Your clients will achieve great results with the help of a trainer to teach proper form and technique. Encourage them to keep their backs straight, avoid slouching and work on a high cadence of 180 strides per minute for optimal results. Consistently pump your arms and maintain a 90-degree angle to work the upper body as well.
With our Ntaifitness Superfit-8032 pool treadmill, you can even increase the incline for added challenge or add the swim current to create a full body workout. The motorless, maintenance free unit is compact and easily lowered into the pool to maximize swim and exercise area.
After your workout, cool-down with a Treadmill Pools standing spa massage from the hydromassage jets in the exercise pool. The ergonomically designed seats are more comfortable than a typical hot tub and feature an adjustable jetting position. It’s the perfect way to soothe tired legs, back and neck muscles.
With an underwater treadmill built into your pool, your fitness options for water exercise and relaxation are endless. Treadmill pools also allow for more advanced physical therapy, rehabilitation and pain management activities than other swimming pools.
Aside from the decreased joint impact and reduced muscle soreness that come with treadmill workouts, the heightened resistance of the warm water environment promotes increased cardiovascular endurance and improves overall flexibility in a way that dry land exercises cannot. The specialized treadmill system on the H2X Trainer Deep Swim Spa can be adjusted to simulate low-impact running, jogging or walking.
This patented, motorized treadmill in the swim spa features a speed of up to 8.5 miles per hour. It can be used to correct gait training and build up the muscles and joints of patients with physical disabilities, as well as aid in pain relief from other conditions such as osteoporosis.
The treadmill can be controlled from a waterproof remote control. The powerful, hydraulically-driven unit can be set for a variety of different speeds and is easy to maneuver. It’s also completely maintenance free and works using high-grade biodegradable vegetable oil instead of a traditional gas engine. This swimming pool treadmill is an option on the H2X Trainer Deep and can be added to any of the other Endless Pools swim spa models.
Joint and Muscle Relaxation
The buoyancy of water reduces joint stress, making it easier for people with painful conditions to exercise. This is particularly helpful for arthritis and fibromyalgia patients who are prone to chronic pain and tenderness in their joints, muscles and tendons. Water exercises stimulate the nerves and muscles to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers. In fact, a Utah State University study of 71 OA and fibromyalgia patients found that exercising in warm water helped alleviate the symptoms of both conditions.
Aquatic treadmills also enable older adults to engage in a safe, low-impact form of cardio workout. This allows them to maintain their fitness level without putting too much strain on their joints, which can help to prevent falls and further injury. Treadmill pools with variable Treadmill Pools speeds also give people the option to build up their intensity as they become more accustomed to the exercise, allowing them to gradually increase speed over time.
Treadmill pools also offer a range of other benefits, including the ability to do yoga, use resistance jets for strength training and hydromassage therapy. Treadmills have been shown to improve posture, balance and gait patterns. For example, the turbulence generated by running in our underwater treadmills at Tribal Health & Performance helps strengthen and tone the hips. It also improves stability and helps patients to walk more naturally and with less discomfort.
Whether you’ve taken an epsom salt bath, used a hot tub or exercised in a swimming pool, you’ve experienced hydrotherapy, even if you didn’t call it that. Warm water increases circulation and relieves swelling, which can help with pain reduction. Pressurized jets can also be applied to different areas of the body to massage and soothe sore muscles.
In addition to reducing joint pain, hydrotherapy is an effective method for increasing muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. The resistance of the water can be adjusted to increase or decrease the difficulty of an exercise. Walking or running against the water’s pressure helps build leg and calf muscles, while an underwater treadmill like the one at Country Meadows Retirement Communities allows people to strengthen and tone the arms.
For those with osteoarthritis, a recent study from Utah State University found that walking on an underwater treadmill increased physical mobility and decreased knee pain. The water’s temperature can be controlled to reduce edema and swelling, and the option for an attachable massage hose allows for the application of heat or ice packs to targeted areas.
The countless benefits of hydrotherapy have made it an increasingly popular exercise tool. But it’s important to talk with your doctor before trying any new hydrotherapy exercise, particularly if you have any chronic health issues.