Being physically active and staying connected with other people makes us feel healthier and happier.
Research by mental health charity Mind shows that 1 in 6 people experience a common mental health problem every week – and that was before the Covid-19 pandemic. Data from the NHS also reports that 64% of adults are either overweight or obese, with a lack of regular physical activity being a key reason.
There is now an accepted link between physical health and mental wellbeing. A Harvard Health study concluded there is a 26% reduction in the risk of major depression among people who run for just 15 minutes a day.
Not only does buddyboost help wellbeing through physical exercise, the real power is in its buddy-system. Having the support of a buddy is really important in helping people both to start and continue exercising.
People who buddied up for our inaugural 26-day challenge were 4 times more likely to start it than those who didn’t have a buddy. 80% of people said that having a buddy helped them complete the challenge.
buddyboost is a workplace wellbeing tool delivered to employees via an easy to use app. They get together in groups of up to 6 and help each other take on regular activity. The principal challenge is to complete 26 minutes of exercise and register your mood for 26 days in a row. Here’s a short video showing you how the app works