Join the Mayathon Challenge from 1 May to be active, stay well and support a friend
A fitness challenge has been launched as part of a new wellbeing app to help people feel healthier, happier and more connected.
Mayathon – available to download on the App store and Google Play- is designed to help users ‘buddy up’ virtually with a friend, family member or colleague to complete daily exercise.
The sessions allow users to build streaks and win medals. It can be any activity and any intensity – it’s not about how far or how fast, rather being active, staying well and supporting a friend while we are all at home. For more information, click here.
Between Friday 1 May and 26 May, a ‘Mayathon buddy challenge’ will take place, encouraging people to get involved by buddying-up with someone they know, virtually, to complete an unbroken streak of 26 minutes of exercise over 26 days.
The challenge is being backed by NHS Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) which is encouraging its staff and residents across East Berkshire, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham to get involved.
The latest Sport England  research shows there has been a massive disruption in the physical activity behaviours of adults and children in England since the national lockdown began. Thirty-three per cent of adults did more and thirty-nine per cent did less physical activity in a week compared to before the restrictions were put in place.
The importance of staying physically active has been continually emphasised during the daily Government press briefings with the Government’s Chief Medical Adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, saying: “There is no situation, there is no age and no condition where exercise is not a good thing,”
While there are many online activity sessions available for all ages and abilities, individual motivation is the key to our engagement, and being physically disconnected from friends and potential training partners can also impact the social aspect of our motivation and sustaining a ‘can-do spirit’.
The Mayathon Buddy challenge is designed to address these disruptive changes, support people to be active, stay well and support a friend.
The challenge is open to everyone and types of exercise can include stair-climbing, gardening, video workouts and much more. If you need ideas, take a look at these free resources and follow #StayInWorkOut. Also, why not share a photo of you exercising with a few words about how it makes you feel. Don’t forget to use #StayInWorkout and tag @FrimleyHC
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.