We burn fewer calories when we turn 40. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q What is it about getting older? I’m sure my metabolism has halved since I turned 40. I’m 45 now. Can that be possible? Why is it harder to keep the (...)

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Q I’ve been running regularly and I love it. I love what it does for me all round. Even my kids love that I run and tell me to go for a run when I am (...)

Q Dear Grit Doctor, I have three children. I work full-time, I run regularly and I cycle to work. However, I had a medical mishap recently that has(...)

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Q I smoke half a packet of cigarettes a day and get winded quite easily. I am 35 years old and have not done any serious exercise since being on the s(...)

Running outdoors is only really treacherous when the wind is bad. Photograph: Getty Images

Q It’s so cold and windy and treacherous out there, how on earth do you pluck up the courage to get outside and run in these conditions? All I want to(...)

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Q I am getting really stressed about Christmas. Every year I have my husband and our two kids, both sets of parents (who don’t get on) and an uncle wh(...)

There are some super assertive mums keen to offload their kids and the kindliest ‘stay-at-home-mum-type’ is the most obvious target. Photograph: Getty Images

Q I have made a lovely friend at the nursery school gates and our sons have become firm friends. I have a newborn too and am a “stay at home” mum. She(...)

If it is photographic symmetry that is genuinely the problem here, either get over it or get another bridesmaid to balance the numbers. Don’t lose friends over  things that don’t matter. Photograph: Getty Images

Q I’m getting married in spring 2014 and I have just had a massive falling out with my maid of honour. She got engaged about a week before me and aske(...)