Keep fit with Rachel

YOU could join millions of others and watch Joe Wicks – or you could keep it local and get fit with local trainer Rachel Carter

After a career in food, Rachel, who lives in north Dorset and is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and a regular judge at the Great Taste Awards, run by the Gillingham-based Guild of Fine Food, retrained last year as a PT and Nordic Walking instructor.

In response to the lock-down, self-isolation and other Covid-19 restrictions, she is posting workouts and videos and running live classes online, “on an honesty charge basis”.

Rachel had “always loved exercise and seeing the physical and mental benefits that it gives.” Normally she runs one-to-one sessions for people who want to improve fitness without a gym, as well as outdoor circuit classes for all ages and abilities and a fitness for tennis class with a tennis coach in Shaftesbury.

Nordic Walks is a great exercise originating from Finland, she says. It was created by competitive cross country winter skiers who wanted to train in the summer.

”If done correctly it engages 90 per cent of the body’s muscles and burns up to 40 per cent more calories than just walking. It is of course also very sociable and explores our amazing local countryside,” says Rachel.

“I’m also drawing on my food knowledge to encourage people to cook from scratch more and to eat and feel better.”

Visit Rachel’s website