Buddy-up (virtually) with up to 5 friends, family members or work colleagues and support each other to do 26 minutes of exercise a day. Here’s how to buddy-up
It can be any activity and it’s not competitive. It’s not about how far or how fast you go, just that you do your 26 minutes and help your buddy or buddies to do theirs.
You’re probably asking ‘what’s so great about the number 26?’ And it’s a good question.
Well, it’s all about helping you to achieve the UK’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) recommendation of doing 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.
It’s also less than 30 minutes. That 4 minute difference may not look much, but our research shows that 26 minutes feels easier to squeeze into a busy day and more achievable for people who aren’t used to exercising much.
If you’re interested in finding out more, the CMO’s activity guidelines can be read here. This report also explains the link between physical activity and improved mental wellbeing.
There’s a lot of science which shows that people who do some sort of physical activity most days improve their overall wellbeing. The data from our challenges confirms this, with people’s mood increasing by an average of 24% once they’ve done their 26 minutes of exercise compared to the mood-score they give when first registering on the app.
Each week there are about 10 million people in the UK who say that their mental health isn’t great. So, the need to stay active and close to our friends has never been greater.