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Byline: Charlotte Mortensson

HAVE you got lumps and bumps that won't budge, problems losing weight or getting fit?

Health writer Charlotte Mortensson answers your queries to help you achieve the best body possible. She has studied a range of dance, exercise and relaxation techniques and also has a wide knowledge of complementary health.

If Charlotte can't answer your problem, she'll find someone who can. Write to: BodyTalk, The Max, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA. Include an SAE if you want a personal reply.

Q I STARTED running five years ago and found it a great way to get into shape. I even got into marathons. Since I had my baby, I haven't had the time and I feel very unfit. I've started running on the spot for 40 minutes a night at home instead, but it's making my knees ache, which running outside didn't do. Why is this and what can I do to make it more comfortable?

A WELL done for making such an effort to keep fit and healthy. Unfortunately, running on the spot can damage the knees and hips because the body isn't being propelled forwards. When we run normally, our weight is subtly transferred from the back of the body to the front so the impact on the joints is spread out and constantly changing.

Ten minutes a day running on the spot wouldn't cause any problems, but the amount you're doing is very likely to bring on discomfort.

Stop exercising for a week to let the inflammation in the knees die down. Then try skipping with a rope, which is better for the joints. Start with five, building up to 15 minutes a day. Keep the jumps low and your knees bent when you land to lessen the impact. Whether running on the spot or skipping, always wear your running shoes.

A treadmill would be effective for someone who's as committed as you obviously are, but they're very expensive. Instead, go to a sports shop to try out mini trampolines. These absorb most of the impact when running and jumping and are fun to use.

Also, see if you can eventually find someone to babysit a couple of hours a week so you can get back into the running you obviously love.

Q SINCE I left home in January, I've lost nearly two stones and I found it quite easy. The problem is all family, especially my mum, want to force food on me. My mum eats badly and is very overweight and unfit. I've told her I don't want to get fat again, but it doesn't help.

A A LOT of people feel that the only way they can show their love is by feeding you. Your mum may think that by rejecting her food, you're rejecting her.

Try talking to her about healthy eating without lecturing her. Perhaps buy a couple of low-fat recipe books and tell her you're worried about her weight, too. She probably won't listen at first but, bit by bit, she may change some of her cooking habits.

Could you coax her out for walks with you, or to an exercise class? Meanwhile, all you can do when you visit is ask for smaller portions and leave a little on your plate. Keep things in perspective - overeating now and again won't make you put on weight, but don't let your family bulldoze you into eating.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 25, 2001
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