Mayathon is a new, free app and website to help people feel healthier, happier and more connected to a friend, family member or colleague.

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.

Being active during the coronavirus crisis

It's always been the case that doing some physical activity, ideally every day, can help to improve our overall wellbeing and mood. Physical activity can boost our immune systems and reduce anxiety and stress.

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.

How it works

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

Why it's called mayathon

The buddy system is at the heart of mayathon and the 'may' of mayathon stands for 'me and you'. The 'athon' part of the name refers to a marathon – although in mayathon you only do 26 minutes rather than 26 miles.Why 26?First, the UK's Chief Medical Officer recommends that we should do at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. If you do mayathon every day, you'll clock up 182 minutes a week and, even if you were to miss a day, you'd still be up at 156.

The second reason relates to habit-forming. A number of studies have shown that it takes at least 21 repetitions of something before you are well on the way to forming a habit and the mayathon app shows you very simply how many times you – and your buddy – have completed your 26 minutes.

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