Is my stepper doing more harm than good?

I have been given a “step­per”, the giver think­ing it would help me get stronger and be able to climb stairs more eas­ily. I know that at first after exer­cising one feels muscle ache, but I am wor­ried in case it is doing more harm than good to my knees and hips...

With Parkinson’s, can exercise help my balance?

I am 82. I have had a minor stroke and have Parkinson’s dis­ease. The main prob­lem seems to be my bal­ance. When I walk it is dif­fi­cult to put my heels down first. And I find it hard to straighten my legs after sit­ting for a while. Could you sug­gest any way to improve my mobil­ity and bal­ance?...

What régime might help an overweight diabetic?

Can you advise on an exer­cise pro­gramme for a dia­betic man aged 59? He is over­weight (20st) and suf­fers from spon­dylitis in his neck and arth­ritis in his lower back. He can walk quite well but gets breath­less eas­ily. He would like to feel fit­ter but is unsure where to start...

After a major stroke, I need motivation to get fit

I am 43 . A massive stroke nine years ago has left me over­weight with poor co-​ordination and bal­ance, and emo­tional stress. I have tried exer­cise classes without suc­cess: the only exer­cise I do is walk the dog. I really want someone who can guide and sup­port me back to fit­ness...

I have a personal trainer but cannot lose weight

I’m a 72 year old woman and over­weight. Since January I’ve been doing a gym pro­gramme with a per­sonal, trainer, twice a week for an hour, But I’ve not lost any weight, and I’m dis­ap­poin­ted. What am I doing wrong?...

Can exercise help my back, hip and leg pain?

I am 61. For many years I have had back­ache in my lumbar spine, and now I also have osteoarth­ritis in my left hip. I get excru­ci­at­ing pain on my hip and all down the out­side of my leg, into my shin bone. Could you sug­gest some gentle exer­cises that would help?...

Can I use my exercise ball to tone up my new hip?

I had a total hip replace­ment four months ago. My recov­ery has been great and my con­sult­ant has given me per­mis­sion to start cyc­ling and swim­ming. But it would be more con­veni­ent if for the time being I could use my exer­cise ball to tone up at home. What would you advise?...

Can I return to golf after my recent heart attack?

I am 71 and had my second heart attack eight weeks ago. I am told I do not need fur­ther treat­ment. I am keen to get back to golf; do you think it is to early?...

My bad arteries give me leg pain. Can you help?

Can you recom­mend exer­cises for me as a suf­ferer of ath­er­o­scler­o­sis, which causes me claudica­tion when I walk?...

I’m lazy and depressed. How can I liven up?

I am 59 and single. I work from home and look after my mother, 88, but recently I seem to have fallen into a rut: over­weight, drink­ing too much and lazy. My doc­tor has put me on anti-​depressants. How can I liven up?...