Fit Farmer — Ep. 1: Small Steps to Managing Harvest Stress

Photo by Alon, CC by 2.0.

Harvest is a very stressful time of year that requires immense mental and physical focus for long hours over several days. Balancing the needs of a harvest staff and family is quite the challenge and can weigh heavily on our minds and bodies. It’s at these times that we likely ignore the most important person to us — we ignore ourselves.

At the most busy and stressful times people often push aside the two things that would help them get through this period: physical activity and eating well. Your amount of physical activity and what you eat play a major role in the counter balance of harvest time stress.

“I’m too busy. I don’t have time. Exercise is for city people. On the farm, we work.”

Sound familiar? These are all things you may have said in relation to health and wellness while farming. By this reasoning, only lazy people are healthy because they have more time. This is not reality.

At RealAgriculture we are very pleased to bring to you this first episode of the RealAg Health and Wellness podcast (very creative name on our part, we know) which will be led by Drumheller, Alta., farmer Gary Chambers and co-hosted by Shaun Haney. This podcast is not about living on a super restrictive diet and exercising two hours a day. This is about small, practical changes and improvements for people who live in a rural and farm setting.

In episode one we talk about how health and wellness are the counterbalance to your harvest time stress, how to start new habits, why little changes add up (just like agronomy!), and more. Take a listen:


Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4PM est. @shaunhaney


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