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Does You Good

Does You Good

 Does You Good

#2020 is your year to make a positive difference to you, your colleagues, friends and family!

We are proud to bring you #DoesYouGood virtual. #DYGVirtual brings you our virtual offerings, ideas and third-party services to help you through this unprecedented time. We ask you to get #DYGVirtual with the Sport & Wellbeing Team. Where we will do our best to support your active life and wellbeing – whether you are working from home, studying from home or one of the UK's valued key-workers.

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, simply use the #DYGCoach where someone from our team will get back to you.



Social media #DoesYouGood

We are constantly checking our social media channels, so when you are being active please look to tag us in. Always use the #DYGVirtual hashtag and our social media channel names, if the picture is picture perfect in our eyes we will be sure to thank you with a small prize.

Please ensure you are adhering to the current government guidance and follow NHS advice as well. We will do our best to remove anything that is no longer relevant. Throughout this period please stay safe and be sensible.



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Let's get virtual!

#DYGVirtual 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.

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.

YouTube Sport & Wellbeing Classes:

Find all our latest Sport & Wellbeing classes on our YouTube page, once these have aired onto Facebook we will transfer them to YouTube for your viewing for FREE.


Use the hashtag to seek guidance from our qualified team who use our Twitter page. You can ask for exercise tips and ideas along with online active guidance and support to meet your fitness goals. This hashtag is open to everyone and anyone. #DYGCoach every weekday (Mon-Fri) between 10am-12pm & 3pm-5pm, if you tweet outside these hours we will be sure to get back to you, if we feel your query is complex we will appoint you a team member to communicate with you via email. It is FREE so take advantage of this fantastic offer.

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.

The Body Coach

Have you heard of the BodyCoach? He has a huge following via Instagram, all his content is regularly uploaded to his YouTube channel. He proudly says ‘You don't need a gym to get lean and most of my workouts can be done anywhere with no equipment.’

Virtual Runner

Sign up and evidence your run, you will even get a medal at the end of it! *20% of the joining fee goes to charity*, so an even better incentive! You can sign up on their website here.

Fitness Apps

Join our community, we are looking to create a dedicated Sport & Wellbeing app through Strava and Connect (Garmin).

Challenge yourself or the family/housemates or even your friends virtually (always exercise safely)...

  • A plank competition (please look out for the variations to this exercise, if you are not sure use our hashtag on Twitter #DYGCoach)
  • Press-up competition (please look out for the variations to this exercise, as above if you are not sure contact the #DYGCoach)
  • Hula-hoop competition (equipment is needed)
  • No chocolate day
  • Stay engaged & let us know what you are up to, use the hashtag #DYGVirtual #DoesYouGood or better yet tag us in on social media SportWellUoS

Sport England: Stay in, work out!

Sport England have put together their new campaign that encourages you to join the movement and even has a dedicated twitter, facebook and Instagram page @stayinworkout. They will inspiring you to use the hashtag to #stayinworkout and do exactly that by staying in and working out, sign-up to their newsletter here.

#DYGVirtual 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.


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

Professor M.C. Schraefel (ECS) Online Wellbeing Seminar

A complimentary Microsoft Team Seminar on Wellbeing, M.C. Schraefel is a Professor in human performance and computer science and wellbeing champion.

These wellbeing sessions are named ‘we’re working out – while we are working’, this is open to staff or students of the University of Southampton – for further details and the code to gain access to this please email We can also look into confirming the time and date of the next session for you.

Student Services: Enabling and Student Life

For those of you who do not qualify for this services please contact the Mind Charity [URL:], via calling 03001233393 or email

University of Southampton Students: if you are facing difficulties or dealing with a crisis we ask you to email (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

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



#DYGVirtual 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 staff member at the University of Southampton you can gain access to Linkedin Learning, and 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 OU 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


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