Can exercise help my asthma and angina?

I am a man of 73 and a life-​long asth­matic. After a spell in hos­pital with pneu­mo­nia, I find climb­ing stairs dif­fi­cult because of breath­less­ness and wasted muscles. I also get slight angina if I over-​exert myself. Is it safe to increase my heart rate? I do not want to waste time and effort try­ing to achieve the impossible...

Why can’t I shift my paunch at the gym?

I am a 46-​year old man. After turn­ing 40 I put on 2st around my stom­ach. For six months now, I have been to my local gym five times a week, burn­ing about 1,000 cal­or­ies each time. But my weight has not changed and I still have ugly flab around my stom­ach. I am becom­ing very dis­il­lu­sioned. Any sug­ges­tions?...

With arthritic knees, am I doomed to be unfit?

I am 81 and until recently kept fit with reg­u­lar ball­room– and tea-​dancing classes. Now the flare-​ups from arth­ritis in my knees are so bad I can no longer keep up these activ­it­ies. Gardening, and even house­hold clean­ing are also a struggle. What can I do to keep my fit­ness levels up?...

Is there a ‘right’ kind of music for exercise?

I am in my early six­ties with high blood pres­sure and dia­betes. I visit my local gym thrice weekly, where they play piped music, any­thing from easy listen­ing to ear-​splitting mod­ern music or com­mer­cial radio. Does gym music have to be totally invas­ive? Is there a “right” kind of music for exer­cise?...

I’m overweight and fall a lot. Can exercise help?

I am a 64-​year-​old woman, weigh 18½st and have diet-​controlled dia­betes. I have twice broken my leg in the past five years. I have been advised to walk for exer­cise, but I seem to fall over when I go walk­ing, which has affected my con­fid­ence. Would a tread­mill at home help? I could spend about £150...

Can vibration training help my osteoporosis?

I suf­fer from osteo­porosis and read recently that vibrat­ing exer­cise machines in my gym, such as Power Plate, could help to strengthen my bones. Do you think they are worth a try?...

If I switch from run to walk, can I stay fit?

A change in life­style means I have had to aban­don my twice-​weekly half-​hour runs. However, I have intro­duced more walk­ing into my com­mute to work and am cov­er­ing around three miles a day five days a week. When it comes to main­tain­ing fit­ness and los­ing weight, how does walk­ing com­pare to run­ning?...

Can exercise help my arthritic knees?

I am 59, and just dia­gnosed with osteoarth­ritis in both knees. I have twice recently been crippled with pain, which improved with pain-​killers, rest and ice packs. The spe­cial­ist has advised swim­ming, aqua aer­obics etc. I walk quite well now and have a bike, but I feel very nervous about cyc­ling. Have you any other ideas?...

Can exercise help me recover from cancer?

I am in my sev­en­ties and have recently had an oper­a­tion for can­cer of the womb. Currently I am hav­ing radio­ther­apy and although I am not feel­ing unwell, I feel some kind of exer­cise routine might help me to gain strength once the radio­ther­apy has fin­ished. Can you advise?...

Will exercise worsen my cervical spondylosis?

I suf­fer from cer­vical spon­dyl­osis. I joined a small gym, doing car­dio and weights, but after a couple of months my neck pain worsened and I star­ted get­ting pins and needles in my arm and leg. Since I stopped the gym my pain is less but I am put­ting on weight and feel leth­ar­gic. Can you advise?...