Would you go the extra mile for charity?

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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A recent survey revealed that a whopping 63% of people in Northern Ireland were keen to go the extra mile and take on a challenge for charity. bike2This study from British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland also found that the type of sport we choose uncovers a lot about our personality traits and can reveal how charitable we are. The psychological study, conducted by Mindlab, surveyed 2,000 adults across the UK and highlighted that cyclists in Northern Ireland tend to be laid back and the least likely to be depressed or suffer stress. Other interesting findings of the survey found that walkers tend to be the least materialistic and like their own company. Dr David Lewis, Neuropsychologist and founder of Mindlab, explained, “It has long been known that exercise is not only good for your body, but also your mind. “Past research has shown that exercising can act as a mood-enhancer, can be used to treat and possibly even prevent anxiety and generally has a positive effect on mental health. He added, “The results from this study show that no matter what kind of person you are, there is the right kind of exercise for everyone.” BHFBHF Northern Ireland strongly believes in the importance of physical activity for both physical and mental health and encourages avid cyclists to take part in their Ride to Remember challenge on Sunday 28th June. A Ride to Remember is a 60 mile bike ride around the beautiful Lough Erne that has been organised for the last three years by local Fermanagh man Carl Fivey. To join, cyclists must be able to ride 60 miles and those under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Entry fee is £25 and participants will be provided with a goodie bag and refreshments at the end. To register, contact Carl by emailing him at carlfivey@hotmail.com, calling him on 07979 797129 or if you want to donate, please visit the event’s Just Giving Page at – http://www.justgiving.com/ridetoremember2015
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