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Nagging can be good for you

If you are unfit and over-30, then you can benefit from being nagged by family and friends.

A study claims people who are inactive need regular reminders and pestering by spouses and children.

The media and GPs appear to play a similar role, providing 'alarm bells' to shock those who are unfit about the potential consequences ofa sedentary lifestyle.

The aim of this study was to help people examine their lifestyle as a whole and establish what the key factors are in influencing their activity levels. The good news is that the study suggests once you are active and healthy, you no longer need nagging. Most importantly, however, the suggestion that 'nagging is good' should only be applied to getting healthy and active!

– Richard Keegan, School of Sport, Coaching and Exercise Science at the University of Lincoln