During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic it's never been more important for everyone to stay physically active, mentally well and to support our friends.

What’s the Mayathon Challenge?

To complete an unbroken duration of 26 minutes of exercise a day for 26 days, virtually with a friend, family or colleague and will run from Friday 1st May to Tuesday 26th May.

It can be any activity and any intensity - it's not about how far or how fast. The aim is to be active, stay well and support a friend while we're at home during coronavirus. The number 26 was chosen because it is because it's the number of miles in a marathon. The finish line is the 26th May.

Why?

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+).

Who can take part?

Everyone!

How can I get involved?

Use the free mayathon app for iPhone or Android to help you buddy-up, log your activity, track your mood, and easily access free playlists and work-out videos.

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.

You can also join the online mayathon community on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram using #mayathonbuddy.

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 coronavirus specific information) and guidelines can be found here. If you're unsure, you should consult a healthcare professional.