Nagging Your Loved Ones Improves Their Health And Fitness

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.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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