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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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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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,…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: How to recognise and deal with stress

Combating stress is among the top challenges facing growers and livestock producers, reveals a Farmers Weekly survey which lifts the lid on the day-to-day pressures of running a farm business.…

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How staying healthy can secure your farming future

Farmers are being urged to ensure they are just as resilient as their businesses as UK agriculture enters its most uncertain period for a generation Many growers and livestock producers…

FARMLIFE

Where farmers in need can find charity help

Farming is a stressful, 24/7 occupation and increasingly farmers face emotional and financial strain because of bad weather, market price volatility and late payments. Spiralling debt, relationship breakdowns, a lack of succession…

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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…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

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…

FARMLIFE

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…

FARMLIFE

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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The Somerset farmer who is helping tackle rural homelessness

Towering high above sea level, the Mendip hills of Somerset offer a beautiful landscape for a bracing walk through open countryside with the unrelenting icy wind slapping your face. Now…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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,…

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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Women's Facebook group combats rural isolation

Tackling loneliness and isolation in the countryside is an enormous challenge, but one woman’s Facebook group has had a huge impact and made her a heroine to thousands of women…

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Insights

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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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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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Fit2Farm: Hard work and long hours take toll on farmers

Hard work and long hours are taking their toll on British farmers and their families, who are looking for ways to improve their work-life balance, a major Farmers Weekly survey…

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News

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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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Farmers urged to strip away stigma of mental health

Farmers are being urged to “open up”, “not hide problems from themselves” and seek help for mental health issues. The pressures faced by farming and the effect this has on…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: FW campaign to improve farmers' health

Farmers are among the UK's hardest workers – but long hours and a lack of holidays threaten to undermine their health and wellbeing, an exclusive Farmers Weekly survey reveals. Findings…

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Full-fat dairy foods make for healthy hearts, study reveals

Eating three portions of full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt every day can be good for your heart and mean that you live longer, according to new diet research. Getting a…

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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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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…

FARMLIFE

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…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

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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