A long time ago I started doing Bikram yoga. If you're not familiar with it, that's a series of 27 poses done over an hour and a half in a very hot, humid room. I liked it OK; it was challenging but not impossible, and I could feel some benefits from it fairly quickly.
Then I let myself get talked into doing a Bikram Challenge: For $60, you could attend 60 Bikram classes six times a week for 10 weeks. The catch being that if you attended fewer than six classes in any week, you were out, and your money forfeit. My friend and I figured that even if we did it for a couple of weeks, we'd get our money's worth (classes were normally $12 per session).
My friend dropped out after three weeks. Somehow I managed to do the whole 10, including one hellish week where I doubled up on classes three days in a row because I was going out of town.
Oh my god, I had six-pack abs. And my skin looked great. And I had no more lower back pain from hunching over a computer all the time. And I was so friggin' sick and tired of Bikram yoga that I pretty much never did again.
I've been reading another blogger's account of doing a similar challenge, and it's interesting to see a different perspective on it. I'm thinking, hmm, I really need to get back into some kind of disciplined exercise routine (beyond walking the dogs). Yoga is possible, but it's not going to be Bikram. Maybe pilates? Or maybe I should try a mix of weight and interval training.
What do you do for regular exercise?