How Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2022 judge Kelvin Fletcher keeps fit


We drink loads of cups of tea once we’re farming, however having a lot of water is vital, too,” says Kelvin Fletcher.

Staying hydrated is one thing the farmer and Strictly Come Dancing

 winner may be very conscious of when he’s busy along with his sheep flock.

It’s the identical in relation to sustaining a nutritious diet. “You’ve received to deal with your self and provides your physique the gas it wants. If you don’t put the suitable gas within the tractor, it’s not going to work – and we’re the identical.”

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Paying consideration to vitamin is simply one of many methods the actor – who performed on-screen farmer Andy Sugden in Emmerdale – stays wholesome. He’s at all times tried to remain in fine condition, bodily, conscious that that is carefully linked to psychological well being. 

“I’ve at all times been bodily energetic. For me it’s an absolute necessity and, for those who’re bodily fit, there’s a very good probability you’re going to be mentally fit as effectively.

When I’m energetic, once I’m feeling good, my decision-making is faster. No matter what number of plates I’m spinning, I’m in a position to mentally cope with it.”

Busy instances

Kelvin is definitely spinning a number of plates at current.

At the purpose Farmlife meets him, he’s a yr into his farming mission (which has led to a preferred BBC present, Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure), has two younger children, his spouse is anticipating twins, he’s an envoy for the Yellow Wellies charity, and he’s getting ready to be a judge on this yr’s Britain’s Fittest Farmer competitors.

So it’s no shock the 38-year-old doesn’t have the time to work out within the fitness center with the regularity he did in his late teenagers or 20s. “Going to the fitness center at 16 or 17 was the beginning of my journey with protecting bodily fit,” he remembers. 

Before that, he’d been fairly sporty as a child, having fun with rugby, soccer, cricket, alongside his principal ardour for the performing arts.

“That was my actual drive. But I used to be by no means discouraged by not being the very best in my class at soccer or the quickest at sprinting or the very best at rugby – I nonetheless loved the problem and the sense of togetherness. I simply appreciated and loved being energetic.”

So by the point he reached his late teenagers, when he had chosen his profession, sport and health grew to become all about enjoyment.

“I favored the social aspect – the fitness center was a spot to hang around with your folks and that was a giant part of it. I did a number of working again then, too, so mine was a combined bag of coaching.”

He at all times reminds himself that taking bodily train, nonetheless powerful it feels on the time, typically solely includes a brief effort at anybody level. To construct psychological resilience and toughness is a much bigger problem.

“Ticking the field of the bodily 30-second problem or the three-minute effort or the hour within the fitness center pays absolute dividends for you mentally.

“The psychological check might be minutes, hours, days, weeks, months – even years, so that you’ve received to know you’re ready and prepared for that.”

It’s not at all times potential to dedicate as a lot time to health as you’d like, as a result of typically different issues in life understandably take priority, he says.

“You’ve received to chop your self a little bit of slack – however attempt to be sure you are discovering time for your self. Looking after your self has received to be a precedence – deal with it as a precedence such as you would taking care of one among your animals.”

Being versatile and discovering a health regime that fits your life-style because it adjustments is vital, says Kelvin.

And these days he’s the primary to confess his typically has to take a backseat after the household and the 48ha farm close to Macclesfield.

Meanwhile, he’s loving his foray into agriculture (“slap bang in the course of God’s nation”). “It’s an unbelievable honour to farm, nonetheless difficult and testing it’s – no different job can provide the identical rewards.

“I’m nonetheless solely a yr in, however nothing I’ve accomplished within the 30-odd years I’ve been in showbusiness has given me fairly what farming has.”

How to enter Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2022

  • Upload a picture or video of you staying bodily fit on farm to fwi.co.uk/britains-fittest-farmer, the place you’ll additionally discover all of the competitors info, together with key dates and phrases and circumstances
  • Tell us a bit about the way you champion psychological wellbeing in your life
  • Make positive you permit your contact particulars so we are able to get in contact

Mental challenges

He acknowledges, although, the psychological challenges it brings might be huge, highlighting the monetary pressures introduced by excessive fertiliser and feed costs as examples.

“I’m on a journey of discovery for the time being – so am most likely overthinking sure facets, however mentally it’s very difficult and really testing.

“I’m embracing these challenges, however I’m completely conscious that there are farmers on the market the place the jeopardy is a bit larger – those that haven’t received the flexibility to go and earn elsewhere like I assume I’ve.

“If I needed a simple life, I wouldn’t have chosen to do that,” he says. “I wish to be challenged, I wish to have to use myself otherwise and I need my household to share within the rewards of laborious work, dedication, sacrifice and dedication.

“Everything I do, I wish to do to the very best of my capability, and that is one thing we as a household completely needed to do. We wish to give it our all.

“I can’t think about my life being some other manner. I’m so much completely different now to how I used to be a yr in the past and daily I’m studying one thing.

“There’s one factor I’ve received – and typically that is the toughest factor – and that’s a piece ethic. I do know that’s going to drag me by way of most conditions.

“That’s the primary field it’s a must to tick if you wish to be a farmer – that willingness and talent to work laborious.”

One of the facets of Britain’s Fittest Farmer that appeals most to Kelvin is the numerous nature of the challenges that contestants participate in.

Competitors taking part in Britain's Fittest Farmer

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He likes the very fact it isn’t all “fitness center, fitness center, fitness center” and doesn’t focus solely on dumb-bells and benches, as a result of a number of these within the farming group, like himself, aren’t essentially in a position to get to a fitness center frequently.

“Throughout lockdown, I didn’t have any fitness center tools, however from lifting automobile batteries to doing pull-ups on timber, I used to be nonetheless in a position to keep fairly fit and fairly robust.

“I first heard concerning the occasion earlier than we received our farm and thought: Wow, that appears wonderful. It’s a celebration of the sector and is selling how a lot affect it may have mentally when anyone is bodily effectively and energetic.

“To be concerned in any manner is a privilege. Who is aware of – perhaps someday sooner or later I’ll compete myself! I’m definitely not at my bodily fittest at current, however mentally, I‘m in an excellent place,” he says.

He’s clearly nonetheless in fine condition, although. Shortly earlier than chatting with Farmers Weekly, he needed to deal with one among his Texels: “He’s very robust, effectively over 100kg, however I received the higher of him!”


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