Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit.

Little sleep, lots of work — it’s admirable what they do every day.

I think it’s important that farmers, gardeners — pretty much anyone in the agricultural industry — take time to take care of their bodies and minds.

I know that many already do this, but I also know my fair share of farmers who are too stubborn to go to the doctor for a checkup. Who don’t go to a chiropractor when their backs hurt and, sometimes, don’t know how to eat healthy with such a crazy schedule.

I’ve seen it in my own life, with my own family. Seeing people push themselves and working in spite of pain and injuries. It is brave, but boy do I worry when they are out in the field in 98 degrees overdoing it.

Farming is a fairly selfless job. Sure it’s a business, and it brings in money — but it is extremely demanding of anyone working in the field.

Taking time to prevent injury, for example stretching before working in the garage or with livestock, seems like a good idea to me.

I am so thankful to farmers for all their hard work. Be careful out there.