Now that it's officially fall, the idea of swimming is probably not on your list of ways to exercise. But it still can be. I've been enjoying a short-term membership at a local swim and racquet club while our pool lies in wait to be repaired. The club pool is heated, clean and big enough to swim laps and get a fairly decent workout.
Of course, there's another way of swimming for fitness (what else?) throughout the year, even when the temps drop down. It's called a spool, a blend of the words spa and pool and an actual combination of the two in one pool. A spool is larger than a spa, but smaller than a full-size private swimming pool. For a lot less money than the construction of an in-ground pool.
Spools are also known as swim spas. You may be aware of Olympic champion Michael Phelps' line of swim spas for Master Spas, the Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas. As he demonstrates, you can swim or train against programmed currents in the spool, then relax afterward with the resistance turned off, the hydro-jets turned on, and the heat warmed up to a comfortable 99 degrees or so. All in the same pool spa.
Photo: Master Spas