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Friday, 20 April 2012 09:01

Nagging is good, it makes you Active !!!

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Adult over-30s can benefit from being cajoled by family and friends into being more active- study.

You may not feel like thanking your family and friends who insist that you need to get fit, but a new sport psychology study shows such nagging do work-Daily mail.

Not only family, Media and GPs also help to re charge inactive and push them to do physical exercise. They are like alarm bells that reminds inactive or unfit people about the danger of living sedentary lifestyle. Thus constant nagging from social environment may help to keep you active in a way to maintain healthy status of mind and body.

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This is the first study of its kind, conducted by researchers from the University of Lincoln, which addresses the range of social influences affecting levels of physical activity among people aged between 30 and 60.
Study author Dr Richard Keegan, said: '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 study focused on modifiable social influences on motivation towards physical activity, rather than fixed factors used to predict health such as gender and ethnicity.
These included giving impetus (by nagging); supporting progress with emotional and moral support; logistical support (such as looking after the children for an hour); and making activity itself a social endeavour (such as going with friends).

Researchers through a series of interviews with adults from across the UK, found that  the least active people actually appreciated pestering by spouses and children

One participant said: 'We might be sat comfortable, reading or something, and my wife might say 'Let's go and do something'. And when I'm at the cross-roads, 50:50, I need that'. Another commented: 'My daughter is just full of beans, she's always like 'Come on Dad let's do this' - and then I need to sit down! She tells me to chase her and she actively gets me involved!’

Author’s view

'The most common barriers to active lifestyles were work, long commutes and provision of facilities. However, it became clear that if you know who to ask, it is also possible for your social network to help you be more active, for example, by going for a run with colleagues straight after work.

'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!'

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  • Comment Link  Patti Monday, 23 April 2012 17:36 posted by Patti

    OH goodness in the wrong hands this could be dangerous information! It is interesting though I have mixed feeling about it.

  • Comment Link Basil Monday, 23 April 2012 17:32 posted by Basil

    It is unhealthy and can lead to the destruction of a home. A nagging woman is a pain on the neck. Nagging should be discouraged at all levels

  • Comment Link  Mim Monday, 23 April 2012 17:27 posted by Mim

    :-) I guess we can all benefit from it!

  • Comment Link Monisha Monday, 23 April 2012 10:23 posted by Monisha

    Yeah, for somethings like exercising or eating right, I think so too.

  • Comment Link Dr. Glen Hepker Sunday, 22 April 2012 22:19 posted by Dr. Glen Hepker

    Humbly and respectfully, from my perspective, the most important thing is to lovingly support others in their ability to make healthful choices...and to selflessly support their ability to succeed in their healthful goals and objectives. In the traditional health/wellness arts that I instruct and endeavor to follow, we coin it as the True Responsibility of Supporting Others in Their Healthful Goals. This is not co-dependency...but it's not congruent with finding fault or criticizing. It is doing the right thing for the right sake...without the need for selfish recognition or hidden agendas.

  • Comment Link Dr. Indira Friday, 20 April 2012 19:14 posted by Dr. Indira

    Nagging is good.Take it in positive sense.It make you active,motivates you,reminds you to be active and do some exercises.

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