mayathon - Be active, stay well, support a friend
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Buddy-up for 26 minutes of exercise a day

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mayathon is a free app to help people feel healthier, happier and more connected.

Buddy-up (virtually) with a friend and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day.

About mayathon
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What sort of activity to do and where to do it
mayathon is not about how far, how fast or how many calories you burn, it’s just about doing your 26 minutes. In fact, you don’t even have to do your 26 minutes all in one go. You can hit the pause button on the countdown clock and start it again whenever you’re ready.
Video gallery
To help you with your 26 we’ve put together a small collection of short videos, including ones for kids. These will give you some ideas on how to do your mayathon minutes and to keep things fresh – especially whilst stuck at home.
Your wellbeing
Around 10million people in the UK experience a mild to moderate mental health condition in any given week. That can be anything from anxiety and loneliness through to depression, so if you’re one of those people you’re not alone.

The good news is that there’s a lot more support available than ever before. Click on the logos or link below and you’ll find some useful information and tools to help you manage your mental health.

Mental health charity Mind has lots of resources on its website here

Your happiness

Get some inspiration from these podcasts. One of the most popular is The Happiness Lab, by Yale Professor Dr Laurie Santos – a world expert on happiness. Since the Coronavirus started, over 2 million people have listened to her podcasts. A key finding in Dr Santos’ research is that people underestimate the effect that simple lifestyle habits can have on our overall feelings of wellbeing.

There are some other great happiness-related podcasts available, but we really like Happy Place by Fearne Cotton, where she talks to incredible people about life, loss, love and everything else, but with an aim to understand what happiness means to different people:

Mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus

If you’re isolated or just feeling anxious about coronavirus, here are some ideas on how you can look after your mental wellbeing at this difficult time. One thing that is probably important to note is that right now, none of us are feeling normal or even know how to feel.

The inaugural mayathon marathon

Over 3,000 people took part in our first ever mayathon marathon from 1 to 26 May. The feedback was amazing and our app reported an average happiness increase of 25% after doing their exercise! So, it’s true, mayathon really does make you healthier and happier.

Our social channels saw hundreds of uplifting and feel-good posts from our community of mayathoners. Here’s a selection that really capture the spirit.

We were also proud to see so many people use the finish line finale to raise money for charity, with over £20,000 being raised for good causes.

Our social channels


We’ve put together some Spotify playlists and podcasts to help you through your daily 26 minutes. We have included a ‘Two Fingers to Coronavirus’ but there are plenty of others from big-beats to chilled-out yoga playlists for you to choose from.

Just click on any of the playlists and they’ll play directly from your Spotify account. If you don’t have a Spotify account, then you will need to set one up. We have no relationship with Spotify and won’t make any money if you do take out a subscription with them. Spotify just happens to be the most popular platform for music sharing.

Plus more
Public health & coronavirus

We’ve all become much more aware of public health since coronavirus. We have included some resources here that we think are interesting, such as why being active remains important.

You’ll also find important information on how to ensure we all stay safe, including links to regularly updated official information sources in respect of the virus.

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