I love to swim. It lifts my mood and relaxes me like nothing else. I feel good all over. Nothing hurts. It’s the best form of exercise!

The best time for me to swim is when it’s cold outside, the colder the better. I throw on some clothes over my swimsuit, put on my parka and sandals and drive to the health club down the street. Eight minutes door to door, if I get all green lights. If not, then it’s ten.

I swipe my card, put my clothes in a locker, grab a towel and head to the pool. Well, not any pool, but the warm water pool. I can’t believe how good it feels when it’s 32 or 22 or maybe only 2 degrees outside and I walk down the stairs into the warm water pool. It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven! Not that I’m ready to die yet, but I like the metaphor.

There are two lap lanes in the warm water pool. They’re on the far side by the windows. While the warm water makes the pool so wonderful, it’s the windows that make the experience. They’re floor to ceiling, at least 20 feet high and go across the length of the room. They let in so much light, I can’t help feeling like I’m outdoors in the summer sun even though I’m really indoors protected from the winter freeze.

When it’s really cold like this, the sun always shines, bright and sparkly and sometimes even feels warm when it comes through the glass. If it’s only 35 or 40 degrees outside, the sky is overcast, foggy or just plain yucky. But when the world is frigid outside, the sun ensures that it’s bright and cheerful inside.

Once I get to the lap lanes, I start swimming: up and down, up and down, on my back for forty minutes. I keep looking out the windows. I can’t help smiling.


I am so lucky! Lucky to be here swimming laps in this warm bath tub at the exact time I used to be pulling into the garage at work, parking my car and getting ready for my first conference of the day. I am lucky to have a health club that’s so close and convenient and has such an uplifting setting. This whole experience makes me feel grateful for all that I have: family, friends and good times!

Everything is good. Life can’t be better than this!


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    • Claire Murray on January 25, 2015 at 8:57 pm
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    Thanks, Emily. I appreciate your comment.

    I notice that you have your picture next to your comment. How did you do it? I’d like to try.


  1. Claire- The way you feel about swimming is the way I feel about walking! I only yesterday posted a bit about the daily walk I take with my dog. “I can’t stop smiling” is my favorite line in your piece.

    • Book Lover on December 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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    Claire, a warm water swim sounds great. I’ll have to add that to my list of activities to try. Thanks for sharing the your positive experience.

      • Claire Murray on December 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm
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      Thanks, Barbara. It really is relaxing, especially this time of year.

    • Claire Murray on December 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm
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    Thanks, Sue. I appreciate your comment.

    • Claire Murray on December 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm
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    Thanks, Sue! Appreciate the comment.

    • Sue Remisiewicz on December 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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    You paint a lovely picture of your experience!

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