A NEW fitness program is targeting farmers in the southern Riverina.
Rural group fitness organisation Active Farmers will launch its venture at Burrumbuttock on January 20.
The program will be led by Jindera-based fitness instructor Allana Hayes, of Taylor Your Body Fitness.
Active Farmers brings farmers and community members together through group fitness in a fun and interactive environment.
Designed especially for small rural communities with limited access to fitness expertise and equipment, Active Farmers provides motivational, challenging and fun training sessions to help promote better physical and mental health.
Ms Hayes will run classes suitable for all levels of fitness and experience twice a week; Monday and Friday from 6am to 7am at Burrumbuttock Sportsground.
Developed by Ginny Stevens at Mangoplah two years ago, the Active Farmers program already operates in 18 towns throughout NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
It runs classes at Tocumwal, Lockhart, The Rock, Mangoplah and Uranquinty.
They are designed to suit all levels of fitness and ability and to provide a fun and welcoming environment that encourages participation and socialisation.
Ms Stevens said that by improving physical health and social interaction, mental health naturally improved among participants.
She said this was the ultimate goal of Active Farmers.
“At Active Farmers, we believe that to have a positive impact on mental health improvement, we need as many towns as possible to be involved across the country,” she said.
“Like a car that is not well fuelled and serviced, we don't run efficiently and run the risk of breaking down.
“Active Farmers is all about ensuring clients are better fuelled and serviced to tackle the stresses of modern farming life.
“We look forward to welcoming more towns to the network in the near future.”
To celebrate the arrival of the program in Burrumbuttock, residents and surrounding community members are invited to attend a free Active Farmers class at the Burrumbuttock Sportsground on January 20 from 8am.
It will be followed by a free breakfast.
Families, friends, colleagues, farmers and community members are welcome.
To book online or for more information, visit the Burrumbuttock page on the Active Farmers website: activefarmers.com.au/burrumbuttock/
Active Farmers supports mental health charities such as Riverina Bluebell.