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Farmers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing are often pushed to one side as the important tasks of managing a busy arable or livestock farm take over. See ideas to help you keep fit and healthy on the farm and combat rural isolation and stress.

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Video: How farmers can improve body mobility to avoid injury

Poor mobility means many farmers suffer injury or long-lasting pain as a result of their hard, physical work on the farm or prolonged periods of being sat at the wheel…

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Fit2Farm: How a farmer's wife helps others in tough times

A farming mum-of-two has dedicated her social media accounts to supporting strangers struggling with their mental health after overcoming her own depression, anxiety and eating disorder. Jennifer Down recently moved…

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When, how and why farming charities Rabi and FCN can help

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) and the Farming Community Network (FCN) have seen an increase in calls from farmers and farming families in need, including cases of depression, diseased…

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How you can help lonely people in rural areas this Christmas

Loneliness can affect people of all ages, anywhere at any time. Christmas, however, can be a season when some, such as elderly people living on their own in rural areas,…

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Case studies

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Fit2Farm: How a better work-life balance benefits farm

Achieving a better work-life balance is top of the list for Britain's farmers – many of whom are working long hours with little time off. The average farmer works 65…

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Video: Exmoor group tackles farm support and rural isolation

The unique and thriving farmer-led Exmoor Hill Farming Network has grown to support 300 local farming businesses since it began four years ago under the guidance of chairman Dave Knight…

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Farmer-turned-triathlete sets sights on world championships

Ask most farmers what they get up to in their spare time and a spot of shooting, rugby or fishing will likely feature heavily in the replies. You can always…

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Cornish farmer tackles 1,000km Mongolian horse race

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world, spanning 1,000km of Mongolian wilderness. The unmarked course is a re-creation of the postal system used under…

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Community

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Britain's Fittest Farmer 2019: winners crowned

A sheep and beef farmer from the Orkney Islands and a West Country beef producer have been crowned Britain's Fittest Farmers 2019. Sean Cursiter from Orkney and Fiona Penfold from…

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Photos: Britain's Fittest Farmer 2019 live final

The Britain's Fittest Farmer live final saw 14 hopefuls take part in a day of friendly competition, which saw them run, push, drag and sweat their way towards being crowned…

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Video: Gay farmer stories shared in emotional Landline film

A short documentary telling the stories of gay people in the farming community has won international recognition and praise for sparking conversations about farmers who may be struggling in silence…

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Video: Britain's Fittest Farmers 2019 compete for the cup

They trained hard, sowing the seeds of their mental and physical fitness – this was the time for harvest. Out of 225 strong entries to Farmers Weekly's inaugural Britain Fittest Farmer competition,…

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How better exercise improves wellbeing on the farm

Lack of exercise is prompting concern that farmers and farm workers are building up health problems for later life – and could be jeopardising their business performance too, a Farmers…

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Fit2farm: Wellbeing guru shares top health tips for farmers

Liz Earle is probably best known for her work in natural health and wellbeing, in particular the beauty company she co-founded more than 20 years ago, which she finally left…

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Fit2Farm: Why farmers need to eat better and exercise more

Fewer than one in five British farmers eats a healthy diet – despite producing some of the best food in the world, reveals a Farmers Weekly survey. Find out all…

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How mindfulness can reduce stress and help focus on the farm

Incorporating meditation into daily life could help farmers achieve their goals, become better leaders and cope better with worries outside of their control. A recent Focussed Farmers study looked to…

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News

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Defra pledges to cushion impact of direct payment loss

The government has pledged to help producers prepare for a big drop in farm incomes as direct payments are phased out after Brexit. It comes amid growing concern that thousands…

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Poll: Have you ever hidden a mental health problem?

Farming mental health is back in the spotlight as the internet-wide #MentalHealthWeek gets under way.  The issue has risen in prominence in recent years as the industry that often has…

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Norfolk's 'Naked Farmer' campaigns for mental health awareness

A Norfolk farmer diagnosed with terminal cancer has spoken out about his battle with depression in the hope more people will talk about mental health. Poultry producer Patrick Joice, of…

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BBC highlights farming's mental health challenge

Farmers have praised the BBC for highlighting poor mental health in agriculture as one of the “unspoken challenges” facing the industry. Farmers and farming families struggling with their mental health…

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Video

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Video: Day in the life of a farmer training for triathlons

Most farmers would barely have time to catch their breath during lambing season, but one Lincolnshire farmer is managing to train for a triathlon as well. Watch the video diary…

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5 strong entries to Britain's Fittest Farmer 2019

The final countdown has begun for farmers to enter Britain's Fittest Farmer 2019, with about two weeks left until the shortlisted applicants are announced. So far almost 180 photo and…

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Video: How farmers can improve body mobility to avoid injury

Poor mobility means many farmers suffer injury or long-lasting pain as a result of their hard, physical work on the farm or prolonged periods of being sat at the wheel…

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Video: 7 farmer exercises using items found on the farm

Mechanisation has revolutionised the way we farm, easing the physicality of the work while increasing time dedicated to office duties. So are today's farmers as fit and strong as their forefathers…

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