Fit4Farming with Farmstrong

The health and fitness of NZ farmers is not where it could be, says fitness expert Ian Handcock. His message to farmers: ‘bike, walk, run – get your heart rate up.’

Fitness on the Farm

Fitness expert Dana Carver says keeping farm fit is about finding activities that you love – cycling, walking, hunting, fishing, diving, team sports – and making them a regular part of your week.

Knowing Your Numbers

Take better care of yourself by keeping track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk and having annual medical.

Switching Your Thinking

Tom explains how a few simple sayings can help you overcome the brain’s in-built negativity bias.

Tony Coltman

Tony explains how a few lifestyle adjustments have proved crucial to the success of his business.

Stu Richards

Stu uses Farmstrong wellbeing tips every day to tackle the challenges of farming with a positive attitude.

James Pharazyn

Keeping active and social are at the heart of James’ success at Motere Angus Stud.

Rex Kane

Rex realised a heavy workload and long hours were taking their toll. He decided to ‘button off’ a bit with great results.

Dan and Reidun Nicholson

Dan and Reidun can vouch that getting off the farm really helps manage stress and pressure.

Richard and Becks Tosswill

Proactive steps to manage sleep and stress put this couple in a much better space.

Joe and Donna Hintz

Making an effort to get out and enjoy life more helped this couple gain greater satisfaction from farming.

Sarah Percy on Eating Well

Nutritionist Sarah Percy explains how ‘fuelling up’ with the right food and staying hydrated are essential for maintaining energy levels and keeping healthy.

Give Yourself A Break

Practical tips from farmers on how they plan and take regular time off, from annual holidays to mini-breaks.

Sarah Donaldson on Managing Stress

Clinical psychologist Sarah Donaldson explains what stress is, the effect it can have on body and mind and offers practical advice on how to manage it.

Farmers on Stress

Three farming couples discuss how they recognise the warning signs of stress and manage it so it doesn’t negatively impact their business and wellbeing.

Dylan and Sheree Ditchfield

Dylan and Sheree turned their business around by making wellbeing their number one business priority.

Ian Kirkpatrick

Former All Black Ian Kirkpatrick on the importance of exercise.

Tony Anderson

Chatham Islands Sheep & Beef Farmer shares his wisdom on Healthy Thinking.

Sam Whitelock tips – Hot Shower

Sam Whitelock tips – Make a List

Sam Whitelock tips – Small Decisions

Sam Whitelock tips – Sleep Tips

Introduction to Farmstrong

Eat Well

Steady energy levels and good mood begin with the right kinds of food.


TWIG on to a new way of thinking – part two

On-farm examples of ‘twigging’ in action.

Meet Dr Tom


TWIG on to a new way of thinking – part one

One of the tools from Tom’s Healthy Thinking toolbox. ‘Twigging’ helps you work out whether your thinking is helping or hindering you.

Having A Healthy Attitude Profile

Tom talks about the importance of managing your attitudes – ‘the top paddock between your ears’.

Making wellbeing a priority

Young Farmer of Year finalist Lisa Kendall runs a busy hire-a-farmer business in Karaka.

Women on wellbeing

Clinical psychologist Sarah Donaldson and a range of farming women share advice about how to deal with the many challenges in farming.


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