If you are having difficulties using the buddy-invite during registration, it might be easier to do it via the ‘Invites and info’ page. Once you and your friend have both downloaded the app, one of you can use the big ’add buddy’ button in ‘Invites and info’ to send the other person a buddy request. You just need to know which email address they used to set up their account.
This shouldn’t happen, but occasionally it does. In the ‘Invites and info’ screen, one of you should press the “cancel” option that is next to the “awaiting buddy approval”. This should then allow whoever pressed ‘cancel’ to now see a buddy request from the other person, which they can accept by pressing the orange text.
If this happens, go in to the ‘Invites and info’ part of the app and pull the screen downwards to refresh the app. It should either then tell you who your buddy is or ask you to accept their request.
Yes. However, it is a better experience on a handheld device. We would advise that you should register and invite a buddy using a handheld device, rather than an iPad, to avoid any difficulties.
The app is only available in Europe. As mayathon follows a daily calendar and is linked to the GMT/BST time zone, we decided not to make the current version available elsewhere. If you are in a country that has a big time difference from the UK, the calendar would change during the middle of a day rather than at midnight, which would be confusing. If mayathon is as successful as we hope, the next version may have a roaming time-zone format for all countries.
It’s never been more important to stay physically active, mentally well and to support our friends than during the current coronavirus crisis – and mayathon will help you do that.
The app helps you log your activity and mood, build up a calendar and support your buddy.
The second reason that 26 is important is to do with habit-forming. A number of studies show that it takes at least 21 repetitions of something in a concentrated period before you are well on the way to forming a habit. Even for regular exercisers, doing mayathon may encourage you to try new things and mix it up a bit, which may help your overall conditioning.
It’s always been the case that doing some physical activity, ideally every day, can help to improve our overall wellbeing and mood. Studies have shown that physical activity can boost our immune systems and reduce anxiety and stress. We include some information in our ‘Public health’ tab.
These benefits are probably even more important now during the coronavirus crisis. In fact, official advice is for people to stay active, stay connected and to develop some routines whilst they are spending much more time at home and indoors.
However, we must all follow the government’s advice on social distancing, keeping at least 2 metres away from others and maintaining good hygiene by washing our hands regularly for 20 seconds. The advice may change and so the best way to stay safe and do the right thing is to keep an eye on the most recent guidance. You can do that via this link on social distancing which also contains advice on how to help those self-isolating and how to look after our mental wellbeing at this time.
Also, if you aren’t feeling well, you must always check the latest government advice on self-isolation. Click here for the latest advice on self-isolation.
As part of the registration process, once you enter your email address an email will be sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org containing a 6-digit one time passcode (OTP). Please note we have done our best to ensure this OTP email can pass through most filters, but please check your spam or junk files in case it has been diverted by your email filter.
With children off school and other activities limited, mayathon is a great way for you to be active together. Daily active family time will help add structure to your day and help create a routine, which, as you probably have worked out, is really important at the moment.
Stay in the house and do a dance routine, get into the garden and do an activity together, or (if the government advice allows it) go out for a walk or find a quiet corner of your local park to kick a ball around. You can find the most recent guidance on social distancing in the Public health section of the app and website
Ultimately, we want to help public health bodies develop better strategies for increasing physical and mental wellbeing.
The great thing about mayathon is that your buddy doesn’t need to be physically there with you when you do your activity – it’s more about supporting and encouraging each other. Social distancing may be impacting a lot of things, but not the mayathon buddy system.
On your homepage, the Bear will light up if you have done your activity and the Turtle will light up if your buddy has done theirs. So, if they’ve done their activity first, you’ll know that it’s time to do yours.
No, unfortunately you can only have one buddy within the app. However, there’s nothing to stop you and all your friends who are also doing mayathon from creating a bigger WhatsApp group.
But remember, it’s not competitive and any sort of activity that gets you out of breath will do – even walking up and down the stairs several times or walking back from the supermarket with a couple of heavy shopping bags.
If you can only fit in a brisk walk during the day at work, that’s just as good as doing a fitness video in your living room or going for a jog. Whatever fits in best with your schedule and the new way we are all having to live. There are lots of suggestions via the ‘discover’ section of the mayathon app and on the website.
Just remember, it’s not about how fast, how far or how many calories. It is simply about you and your buddy doing the 26 minutes of activity each day and what impact the exercise has on your mood and your overall health.
However, if you do forget, then you are able to log your activity and mood retrospectively by pressing the relevant day on the calendar.