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Buddy-up for 26 minutes of exercise a day

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mayathon is a free app to help you feel healthier and happier.

Join our growing community of over 3,000 mayathoners and buddy-up (virtually) with up to 5 friends and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day.

“A great app and having a buddy really motivated me to continue on days I would have given up.”

“It’s really improved my mental wellbeing as well as my physical wellbeing and it’s been a real boost to me.”

About mayathon
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What sort of activity to do

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.

Videos & ideas

To help you with your 26 we’ve put together a collection of short videos, including ones for kids. These will give you ideas on how to do your mayathon minutes and to keep things fresh – especially if you’re 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:

General tips on mental health

Get some fresh air, if you can

If government advice does not stop you from going outside, then try to get out for some fresh air.

Walking and running are great for your physical health and have proven benefits for your mental wellbeing. Our data shows that more energetic exercise like dancing and cycling can be very uplifting, but less vigorous activities such as gardening can be just as effective in tackling low mood, stress and anxiety.

Try a home workout

If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are loads of videos and workouts that you can follow online.

We have included some of our favourite videos from external websites and from our own mayathon videos in our gallery

Try relaxation & mindfulness

You can also try relaxation and mindfulness to boost your mood. We have included some yoga & pilates videos in our video gallery.  Alternatively, you could follow an NHS yoga workout, try this mindful breathing exercise from Every Mind Matters, and read hints and tips on mindfulness from the NHS.

Community
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.

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Playlists

We’ve put together some Spotify playlists and podcasts to help you through your daily 26 minutes. There’s plenty of choice from big-beats to chilled-out yoga.

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.

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