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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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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 finalists to compete at YFF19

Five men and five women will battle it out for the title of Britain's Fittest Farmer and a cash prize at the first-ever Young Farmers Festival on 4 May. Farmers…

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How rural charities can help Scots and NI farmers

The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) supports Scottish people who work, or have worked, in farming, crofting and growing, and their dependents. The helpline is available 365 days a…

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7 of the best Britain's Fittest Farmer 2019 entries so far

Only a matter of weeks since launching Britain's Fittest Farmer, the Farmers Weekly team has been staggered by the number of entries to this important and exciting new competition. So far we've had about…

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Arable farmer extols benefits of joining male choir

When farmer John Wakefield was looking for a new hobby, the idea of joining a male choir immediately struck a chord. The 40-year-old, who farms 240ha near Spalding in Lincolnshire…

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Insights

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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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Video: #MindYourHead week highlights importance of mental health

Farmers are being encouraged to look after their mental health and wellbeing during Mind Your Head week. Living well is the key to farming well, says the Farm Safety Foundation,…

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Poll: Does somebody you know have mental health problems?

The need to tackle the mental health problems of people working in the farming industry has come under the spotlight this week with the annual #MindYourHead campaign. According to the…

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Video: Create new goals with ‘2 Minute Farmer’ challenge

Farming families are being urged to ask what they want from their lives – in the same time it takes to brush their teeth. The “2 Minute Farmer” (2MF) project…

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Simple changes can help put sleep problems to bed

Farmers and farm workers are building up a “sleep debt” because they work long hours and are unable to switch off when they do get to bed, a Farmers Weekly…

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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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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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Video: Rugby star signs up to be Fit2Farm ambassador

Tough-tackling Welsh rugby international Dan Lydiate has joined the Farmers Weekly team as ambassador for our Fit2Farm campaign to promote health and wellbeing among farmers. The campaign coincides with a…

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Video: Goat pilates bring smiles to farmer and fitness fans

Goats are taking over at Laura Corbett’s farm on the Marlborough Downs, bringing a smile to the faces of this farming family after they endured some tough decision-making. Farming in…

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