Be active, stay well and support a friend

During the current crisis it's never been more important for everyone to stay physically active, mentally well and to support our friends.

What’s the challenge?

To complete an unbroken streak of 26 minutes of exercise a day for 26 days, virtually with a friend, family or colleague, starting on the 1st October.

It can be any activity and any intensity - it's not about how far or how fast. The aim is be active, stay well and support a friend while we're at home. The number 26 is because it's the number of miles in a marathon – it's our own version.

Use the free mayathon app to help you buddy-up, log your activity (and see your buddy's!), track your mood, and easily access free playlists and work-out videos.

What's new this October?

This October you can buddy-up (virtually) with a maximum of 6 friends, family members or colleagues and support each other to do 26 minutes of physical activity a day.

We call it the #OctoberBuddyBoost challenge!

It can be any activity and it's not competitive. We don't care how far or how fast you go, just that you do your 26 minutes and help your buddy to do theirs.

You almost certainly won't be doing your 26 minutes of activity with your buddies physically alongside you, so our buddy mechanic allows you to boost your friends when they have completed their 26 minutes of exercise, or give them a gentle nudge if that armchair has been just a bit too comfortable that day...

mayathon also contains lots of videos, playlists and resources to help you stay fit and well.

Download the free app now to join in

So download the app, buddy-up and start to feel healthier and happier together, 26 minutes at a time.


Being active can boost our mood, relieve stress, and reduce anxiety. By doing this challenge virtually with a friend we can support each other and keep connected. Plus, while we're spending much more time at home, being active can add routine and structure into our day.

Reaching the target 26 minutes of exercise each day means you'll be meeting the national physical activity guidelines to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week (for adults, aged 19+).




Your 26 minutes of exercise each day could be any activity, any intensity. That includes stair-climbing, gardening, video workouts and more. If you need ideas, take a look at these free resources and follow #StayInWorkOut.

Use the free mayathon app. And join the online mayathon community Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #OctoberBuddyBoost.

If you're not currently active, build up any activity slowly and gradually and consider splitting your 26 minutes into smaller chunks. Information about exercising safely (including COVID-19 specific information) and guidelines can be found here. If you're unsure, you should consult a healthcare professional.

mayathon Free App will track your progress and ask you how you're feeling. Alternatively you could use our calendar to track your activities and mood daily.

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