That's where it's at! I do calisthenics and yoga. I actually forced my lazy ass back into it today after a two month break because work is slowing down to near zero so I was home by noon. I think instead of trying to do it every day which I inevitably fail to keep up for too long and then feel bad about myself which feeds into my depression problems, I'm going to keep it to days where I'm home early from work/don't work as something physical to do that day.
My job is very physical so it's not as if I don't get the action in when I am working full days.
I just wish our flippin climbing gyms were open.
Climbing is the best workout I've ever done.
What sort of regimen did you have before that you found it to be a vanity trap?
What sort of novel exercises do you have in mind?
If you go for exercises that increase flexibility and increase heart rate and couple it with a decent diet, I think you'll get the most out of health benefits whilst feeling good.
You know, as opposed to exercises that increase strength or muscle tone.
In fact, a lot of yoga is quite good enough for this.