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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.

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 encourage you to take advantage of outdoor exercising, while being safe and mantaining social distancing rules. We will do our best to remove anything that is no longer relevant. Throughout this period please stay safe and be sensible.


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

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


Use the hashtag #DYGCoach 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. #DYGCoach is open to everyone and anyone. Our team monitors Twitter for #DYGCoach questions every weekday (Mon-Fri), between 9am and 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.’

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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


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