Having loving family and friends who occasionally nag and nudge you may be more helpful than you think, but this only applies in making you more fit and active of course.
Being ‘nagged’ to be more active is one of the most effective social influences on the activity levels and health of adults aged between 30 and 60 a UK study has found. The least active participants (initially) reported that they required and even appreciated regular ‘reminders’ about being more active.
The media and GP’s tend to follow this pattern of behaviour too, providing ‘alarm bells’ to shock us into action, but the message appears to be most effective when coming from a loved one and in particular, a partner or child.
It is important to note that once the nagging has effectively got you on the right track; it should be replaced by emotional and moral support for all your hard work and fitness achievements.
Keegan R, Why Nagging can be Good for your Health, British Psychological Society, 2012.