When I see fitness ads on TV, I usually laugh or quickly change the channel, but when I saw the infomercial for Endless Pools, I was completely intrigued. This is actually a brilliant idea.
What is it? Let me use this analogy (sorry to sound so much like the SATs): The endless pool is to swimming like the treadmill is to running. It is a mini pool that allows you to swim in place. At one end of the pool there is water pouring out and you can adjust the speed. You just face the current and swim towards it, and the current prevents you from swimming forward.
You never have to stop to turn around like you do in lap pools - you can just keep swimming in place for as long as you want, continuously working your muscles, lungs and heart.
If you don't want to swim in your endless pool, you can also walk or run in the water against the current or do strength training resistance exercises if you are trying to tone up or nurse an injury. On the side of the pool, there are optional hydrotherapy jets, ideal for relieving tense muscles. You can also turn off all the currents and just hang out in the pool and keep cool.
So if you have an extra $20,000 hanging around, you could get your very own Endless Pool (monthly payments as low as $200 a month). OK, so maybe this won't fit into your budget just yet, but it is a cool idea, isn't it? A girl who loves to swim can dream, can't she?