Big Daddy and I have started swimming in the mornings. If we are on the ball, we can drop off Big Sis at school, get to the Y right when Child Watch opens & squeeze in a few laps before water aerobics begins.
Although I never look forward to donning a swimsuit, the pool is usually in the 80's & it's a treat to let the warm water surround me as I watch the frost creep up the windows.
As much as I swim for moderate exercise (my shoulders are toning up nicely), I also swim for the sense of tranquility it gives me. Unlike the gym, I don't have to listen to someone talk on their cell phone, hear them bray at an inane program, or splash me with their wayward sweat. I can put my head under the water and watch the gentle blue ripples around me as I stroke my way from side to side. If exercise is like free therapy, swimming is the active meditation that soothes.