Yea, exercise is more to my liking as well...but you can get benefits from both. I tried meditation for a few months, and went to the weekly local theravadan Buddhist meetings during that time. It can definitely help to clear the mind, relieve stress, and influence one's outlook on the world in a positive way.
I became a bit disillusioned with the Sangha when I realized that people were mainly there for self-help purposes rather than for really learning the Buddhist teachings...and that's OK, but not exactly what I was looking for. But meditation is useful for all sorts of things, and you might doubt this, as I did, until you try it with some serious effort.