Remember the opening scene of The Graduate? When Dustin Hoffman was trying to enter his post college life by way of the family pool? Swimming is a great cathartic way to exercise. If you live in a chilly climate, investigate gyms or hotels that have a pool.
It’s a low stress way to exercise and something, like walking, that even severely overweight people can handle. Even if you technically don’t know how to swim, you can kick and stretch by the side of the pool.
Maybe because not everyone has access to a pool, it takes on this luxurious spa quality when I swim. You really feel pampered, unlike pounding the hot pavement in a tedious jog. I just wish iPods were waterproof!