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Does You Good

Does You Good

#2020 has been a challenging year for some, but with our Does You Good campaign we want to ensure you can and will still make a positive difference to your year via the improvement of your health & wellbeing. Now let's focus on the months left of 2020 and the year ahead of 2021!

We continue to bring you our #DoesYouGood offering, where we have collated our opportunities, ideas and third-party services to help you achieve an enhanced outlook towards to your wellbeing through having an active lifestyle. Our aim is to support our students, staff and the wider University of Southampton community.

We are currently offering virtual fitness and wellbeing classes every Monday to Friday via our Facebook page. We are also offering you online complimentary fitness guidance via our facebook and twitter pages. Please use #DYGCoach and someone from our team will get back to you.

Please ensure when you are taking part in our opportunities that you adhere to the current government guidance and follow NHS advice also. We will do our best to remove anything that is no longer relevant. Throughout this period please stay safe and be sensible.

#YourActiveStory

We're encouraging our members to share their fitness stories with us while exercising from home. Like our member Catherine, who has taken this as an opportunity to challenge herself and improve her fitness. As thanks for sharing her story, we've sent her FREE headphones and a water bottle. If you would like to share #YourActiveStory with us, please tag us on social media with the hashtag or email us at SportAndWellbeing@Southampton.ac.uk

Remember that Sport & Wellbeing have FREE online fitness classes available live on Facebook and fitness class archives YouTube. You can also receive fitness advice from the team by using #DYGCoach on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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#DoesYouGood Stay Active!

LIVE Sport & Wellbeing Virtual Facebook Classes:

Join us every weekday via our Facebook Page to join in with our virtual classes, we ask that you exercise safely. No equipment is required, just yourself and all abilities are catered for. Stay engaged & let us know what you are up to, use the hashtag #DoesYouGood or better yet tag us in on social media @SportWellUoS on Twitter or @Sport and Wellbeing on Facebook

Did you know? You do not need to be a member of Facebook to view our page and LIVE classes. We have a list of classes on our online timetable. All our classes, plus additional content, will also be posted on our YouTube page. If you are located in China we have also began using the YouKU webpage, so you can get involved also

Staying active with a health condition or injury

Now more than ever, it's important to stay healthy and active. On the British Lung Foundation website, they have exercise videos aimed at people living with long-term lung conditions. But it could also be great for others as well who want to get in their daily physical activity. We also have a video by Michelle, from the S&W team, talking about living with an injury and staying active.

Plan B Virtual Race

Go for a virtual run and win a medal! Sign up to complete a long distance in a single run or do a distance challenge over 4 weeks. All profits will go to the World Health Organisation.

Challenge yourself, colleagues, housemates or friends by downloading a running app

Time to take your fitness to the next level with a deadicated running app. Consider one of the following applications:

  • Strava: Strava is an internet service for tracking exercise which incorporates social network features. It is mostly used for cycling and running using GPS data.
  • Nike Run Club: NRC is a personalisable running app incorporating GPS run tracking to help improve your fitness. Featuring Audio-guided runs, competitive challenges, support with a wide range of fitness devices and more!
  • Garmin Connect: If you have a Garmin device; Connect is the essential fitness application for your phone. Take full advantage of your Garmin devices today and download the app.

#DoesYouGood Your Wellbeing

Mindfulness app: Headspace

Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple. They will teach you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.

Download this complimentary app via iOS and Android

And to compliment the app, check out Michelle (one of the S&W team) advice on Sleep Hygiene & Muscle Relaxation Techniques.


Walking

Use a pedometer to track your daily steps, due to the current climate we recommend doing this around your home. We have looked into pedometer apps available via Android and iOS and we recommend the following:

  • Strava
  • Google Fit
  • Pedometer App
  • Samsung Health

Student Services: Enabling and Student Life

University of Southampton Students: if you are facing difficulties or dealing with a crisis we ask you to email firstsupport@soton.ac.uk (Enabling), alternatively the Student Life Team are dedicated to supporting wellbeing and enhancing the student experience, they are here for you 7 days a week. You can touchbase with the StudentLife team via studentlife@soton.ac.uk.

For those of you who do not qualify for this services, please contact the Mind Charity [URL: www.mind.org.uk], via calling 03001233393 or email info@mind.org.uk

Wellbeing chatbot: Wysa

Wysa is an AI powered chatbot which you can talk to about: daily spiritual meditation, mood tracking, finding optimism, reframing thoughts (CBT), mental health tests, exercise routines and more.

Download this complimentary app for iOS or Android

 

 

#DoesYouGood Working From Home

Ways to Wellbeing, when you work from home

WONKHE have put a great article together, they recommend the following tips: 

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Agency
  • Take notice
  • Keep learning
  • GIVE

Find out more here.

Stretches at your desk

Ensure you are comfortable at your desk, whether you are working or studying from home or elsewhere. Join one of our staff, Jo, as she takes you through a series of stretches to support you whilst you work from home

Hydration and food

We recommend the dedicated NHS page for tips on how to stay healthy and hydrated.

LinkedIn Learning

Did you know, if you are a member of staff or a student at the University of Southampton, you can gain access to Linkedin Learning. You do not even need to be a member of the social media platform. Simply use your Soton log-in to gain access, if you are looking for development opportunities the University definitely recommend this. Please remember to speak to your line manager.

Alternatively if you do not have access, you could also try Open University's Learn short courses for free

  • Health, Sport & Psychology
  • Education & Development
  • History & The Arts
  • Languages
  • Money & Business
  • Nature & Environment
  • Science, Maths & Technology
  • Society, Politics & Law

Sign-up here

Toggl

Plan your days and manage your deadlines with Toggl. This website allows you to plan your working week, and could help ensure you get the right balance with your study, work and home life! It's free to use, all you need to do is sign up.

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