it's great (and possibly safer) to have somebody to walk, run, or bike with. The idea of having somebody depending on you to be there is motivation to exercise even when you don't really want to. I've had 3 exercise pals in recent years.
I lost touch with the first one when she switched jobs. Plus she was a night owl; I'm a morning person. We ran together for over a year, but on race days she was usually in no shape to run...hungover and grouchy! She snapped at me just about every time we ran a race together. I sure do miss her though. She was so funny, the time just flew when we were running.
the second one is the reason I joined the Y. We took lots of classes together or just did the circuit. I trained with her to run a 5k (something she'd always wanted to do). She was on a family gym membership and her family gave up the membership. After that we walked together for a few months, but she's single and has a full calendar. We are still very good friends and talk several times a week, but exercising together isn't happening right now.
the third one I still run with at least once a week. I met her in a boot camp class. She works 3rd shift, so our schedules aren't easy to match up. Right now we run on Saturday mornings. She's just coming home from work, and I get out of the house early to meet her.
DH will sometimes go to the gym with me, but not often.
the one person I can count on is...ME.
my suggestion would be to get an MP3 and load some music or an audio book and walk.
If you can, check out a gym and try some classes. Most will offer a free 7 day trial. You may meet somebody who is also looking to walk or run outside of the class. Also many gyms have walking or running clubs.
get comfortable working out alone. If you do find an exercise buddy, great. If you don't, you've still got the one person you know will always be there.
one more thing: it's also difficult to find somebody who is at the same level you are. Sometimes they will slow you down; sometimes they will push you to move faster. What I'm getting at is that you will need to do some exercise on your own even if you do have a workout partner. Either to get up to their pace or to challenge yourself because they really don't challenge you. My current running partner is a sprinter. She can kick my but easily, even after working a 12 hour shift! But she only runs a mile. So I have to work on distance on my own.
Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 8/2/2012 (21:52)