I caught an interesting blog post from Christine Luff, who is About.com's Guide to Running. She was giving a few tips for "Running With Buddies," and I thought it was a good thing to discuss a bit here in relation to Friendship. Running, or exercising, with a friend can really have a lot of benefits for you.
First (and perhaps the most important), is that a friend can get you moving again, especially when you haven't been regularly exercising in a while. At one time, I met a friend three times a week to work out at the health club we were members of, and this was so beneficial to me. Not only did my friend make working out more fun, just knowing that she was going to be there waiting for me really motivated me to go. On those days where I would feel like, "uh, do I really want to work out today?" I knew she'd be there and I didn't want to disappoint her. It was great motivation.
If you're looking for a workout partner, one way to find one is by asking the people at work if they'd like to go to the gym (or even a walk) during lunch. Working out is a great way for coworkers to bond and can help keep you healthy besides. In addition, I always looked forward to those days when I could get out of the office for a bit, even if it was just for a walk around the block. A few friends and I started out walking during our lunch hour, and then started doing walks (for charity, to raise money, etc) on weekends occasionally. It was fun and helped me get to know them better.