The 2015 Discover Bundoran brochure and calendar of events was officially launched at a ceremony on Friday evening (9th January) at the Allingham Arms Hotel in the town.
The 40 page brochure, an update on last year’s edition, is filled full of information on all the activities, places to stay, visit and eat in the popular seaside town and includes a comprehensive business directory for Bundoran as well.
- It releases happy chemicals into your brain.
Dopamine, a chemical that plays a role in happiness, is a neurotransmitter in the brain that’s necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness.
Many studies suggest that as we age, we’re constantly losing our stores of dopamine, which is why we need to constantly seek out experiences that release dopamine.
The best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production? Exercise. So run, lift, jump, play — and get happy.
2. It makes you less stressed out.
Not only will working out ease stress in the short term by helping you sweat out the day’s worries, regular exercise will help you become less stressed out in the long term as well.
That’s because when you exercise, you’re actually subjecting yourself to a low-level form of stress by raising your heart rate and triggering a burst of hormonal changes. When you subject yourself to the stress of exercise enough, your body will eventually get better at handling the rest of life’s stressors.
And less stress equals a happier, healthier life.
3. It energizes you.
You no doubt have days when you just feel too tired to exercise, when working out is the last thing in the world you want to do.
But no matter how exhausted you are from a long day at work, taking care of your family or recovering from a busy weekend, do your best to muster up all the willpower you have and still work out, because more likely than not, you’ll feel more energized after your workout than you did before it.
So the next time you force yourself to get off the couch and get into workout mode, you’ll most likely feel more energized throughout the rest of the day. And more energy equals greater happiness.
4. It boosts your confidence.
When you don’t feel good about your body or how you look, it’s all too easy to have low self-esteem. And that can have a negative effect on all areas of your life including your relationships, your career, and your goals and aspirations.
But when you start to exercise and see your body transform, that can quickly change. Because exercise will not only make you like how you look, it will also make you feel stronger, more independent, and more confident. There’s nothing like a boost in confidence to increase overall happiness.
5. It eases anxiety.
If you suffer from anxiety, exercise may be a simple cure.
Because recent studies on the effects of exercise show that in people suffering from anxiety, the immediate mood boost from exercise is followed by longer-term relief, similar to that offered by meditation and talk therapy.
So next time you’re feeling anxious, try a hard workout — you’ll feel happier for days on end.
6. It fights insomnia.
Trouble sleeping? Skip the sleeping pill and try exercising instead.
Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve sleeping problems of insomniacs and people with sleeping disorders. And not only can regular exercise significantly improve your sleep quality, it can also give you that pep that makes you want to get out of bed in the morning and do things.
And that equals greater happiness, every time.
Exercise, and be happy.
The next time you’re feeling down, stressed or anxious, get off the couch and get some exercise instead.
Because you’ll not only feel more confident, energized, and calm — you’ll be a healthier and happier person for life.
The Irish Army work in unison at the Cara Bundoran 10
Keith Shiels, Foyle Valley and local girl Fiona Stack, running in the colours of Raheny Shamrocks were impressive winners of the Cara Bundoran 10 held in ideal conditions at the popular seaside resort town.
Shiels had the company of Eoghan McGinley, Rathfarnham, Glenn Phair, Annadale Striders and Gerard Gallagher to the eight miles mark. The Derry man made a decisive break as the entered the famous and breath taking Rogay loop and a downhill finish to the beach car park. The winning margin over McGinley a former Cranford AC athlete extended out to 35 seconds with Lisnaskea’s Phair twenty seconds further back.
Local lass Fiona Stack, Raheny, was a very popular winner of the women’s section and was delighted with a PB time of 59mins 34secs.Breege Connolly, from nearby Tullaghan and North Belfast was 14 seconds behind with former Marathon Olympian Catriona Jennings fifty second behind in third place.
The overall event, 10miles/10K on Saturday and 5k on Friday evening, attracted 1,500 athletes, had superb organisation, an outstanding array of prizes, thanks to sponsors Cara Pharmacies and was blessed with weather associated with summer time in the popular tourist towN.
S.M 1 Keith Shiels, Foyle Valley 51:31 2 Eoghan McGinley, Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A. 52:06 3 Glenn Phair, Annadale Striders, Belfast 52:26
M40 1 Paul Ward, Tir Chonaill AC 56:41 2 Michael Murphy, Tullamore Harriers, 58:20 3 James Crampsey City of Derry Spartans 58:42
M50 1 Gerard Duddy 1:01:59 2 John Molloy 1:04:55 3 Richard McCarthy 1:05:42
M60 1 Enda Whelan, 1:13:27 2 Christy Mc Monagle 1:15:22 3 Paddy Croal 1:16:02
MJ 1 Diammaid Mac a Blaind 1:04:24 2 David Mc Gurrin 1:05:20
FS 1 Fiona Stack 59:34 2 Breege Connolly 59:46 3 Caitriona Jennings 1:00:36
F 40 1 Philomena Gallagher 1:11:10 2 Roseanne Mitchell 1:12:00 3 Karen Dolan 1:13:00
F50 1 Lucy Brennan1:06:36 2 Mary Furey 1:17:06 3 Bernadette McNeely 1:20:53
F60 1 Rose Hunter Young 1:32:03 2 Margaret Warnock 1:33:36 3 Kate Farrell 1:39:22
SM 1 Shane Brady 35:30 2 Gregory Murphy 37:06 3 John McElhill 38:351
M40 1 Gerry Gallagher 37:27 2 Ray Gillen North Sligo Ac 40:04 3 Shaun Paul Byrne 43:21
M50 1 Paul McDermott 42:17 2 Philip Morrison 42:24 3 Donal Haughey 42:26
M60 1 Clifford Thompson 51:21 2 Liam Sweeney 56:54
MJ 1 Mark McGunness 37:12 2 Daniel Mannion 43.14 3NeilShanley 46.57
FS 1 Teresa McGloin 36.52 2 Patricia Mc Cosker 40:20 3 Andrea Horgan North Sligo AC 41:42
F40 1 Fiona Lenehan 47:39 2 Barbara-Anne O’Regan 49:18 3 Kay Drummond 51:46
F50 1 Jacqueline Harvey 48:24 2 Vera Haughey 48:29 3 Fiona Gallagher 56:11
F60 1 Mary Martin 53:21 2 Geraldine Boyce 59:24 3 Kathleen O Flaherty 1:28:241
FJ 1 Gabrielle McGloin 49:33 2 Claudia Coughlin 56:03 3 Elaine McLoone 1:02:49