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Does You Good

Does You Good

As Hampshire enters tier 4 and we are being asked to stay at home, we here at Sport and wellbeing want to ensure that everyone is looking out for their health and happiness. We want to ensure that everyone has a positive outlook to the months ahead as we prepare for the New Year!

We will continue to bring you our #DoesYouGood offering. This is where we have collated our opportunities, ideas and third-party services to help you achieve an enhanced outlook towards 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 via our Facebook page.

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.

Are you self-isolating or shielding? We have collated all of our DoesYouGood activities/offerings & added them to a specific page for you named DoesYouGood @ Home.


We're encouraging our members to share their fitness stories with us while exercising from home, in the community and within our facilities. 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

We also want to hear how you have found your return to using our facilities, so please get in touch with your story.

The Be Active programme, click the logo to find out more. 

Logo Be Active
Be Active

#DoesYouGood Stay Active!

Be Active virtual sessions

Be Active is a FREE offering from Sport and Wellbeing for Univeristy of Southampton students. We have already been providing fitness sessions over December 2020. Now that Hampshire has entered Tier 4, we will continue this great opportunity virtually! If you're intertested, please fill out our Be Active Booking Form.

#DoesYouGood Twitter questions are back!

Do you want FREE fitness advice? Then simply use the hashtage #DoesYouGood and tag us on Twitter @SportWellUoS with your questions. A member of the Sport and Wellbeing team will be logged on from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday in the coming weeks. We will also be posting excercise, fitness and wellbeing tips.

RED January

Whether you run, swim, cycle, or choose your favourite fitness activity, set your goal and enjoy support from the RED community every step, splash and pedal of the way!

Let's kick start 2021 in a positive way and raise funds for RED January’s official charity partner, Sport in Mind, the mental health charity that use sport to empower and improve people’s lives. 

If you want to take part click the link here to findout more

LIVE Sport & Wellbeing Virtual classes:

Those taking part 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 as well.

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.


#DoesYouGood Your Wellbeing


This winter it is just as important to focus on your mental wellbeing. CALM is an app which can help you in a number of different areas. Ranging from reducing stress, helping your sleep and building confidence, CALM Is the no1 'Happiest app'. The app contains useful mediation techniques to help you unwind after a long day; soothing sounds to help you sleep; and masterclasses to create a positive outlook. The app is available for free and has already helped the outlook of thousands of people. Link here

Connecting With The University

Thanks to the University of Southampton’s Enabling Service, October is focusing on one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing: Connect.

With 2020 being a tough year for all, we can sometimes forget how and why we should connect with everyone. It is important to remember it is normal to sometimes feel out of place or homesick and that support is always available. The article goes into depth with ways in which we can connect such as Joining a Society, Chatting to a Pat and more. The link can be accessed here.

Enabling services can be reached via 02380 59500 or

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

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

Running Apps

Challenge yourself, colleagues, housemates or friends by downloading a running app
Time to take your fitness to the next level with a dedicated 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.


UoS community the future is now. Calling all runners, cyclists and swimmers; welcome to the future of cardio. Sport and Wellbeing are now on Strava. Strava is the next-generation app for all athletes. Whether you are running for the first time and want to get into a new habit or your training for the Olympics, Strava has you covered. With Strava you can track your routes, create challenges and interact with other like minded individuals.

But there’s more. Team Southampton have created a club on Strava! This will enable the UoS wider community to connect with each other and support each other’s wellbeing. As the winter months progress, Sport and Wellbeing will be posting different routes and challenges; updates to keep you in the loop and competitions/leaderboards to give you that extra bit of motivation! Here at Sport and Wellbeing we believe TEAM is the best motto and together everyone achieves more.

We will also be open to suggestions if anyone has any challenges or routes they recommend. Let’s make the most of these Winter months and improve our physical and mental wellbeing together.

Strava can be downloaded for Andrioid and iPhone on the links below

#DoesYouGood Working From Home

Train From Your Home/Accomodation

Train in your accommodation! Join Ben for the following workouts which were recorded at Mayflower halls. You can get involved in any further Sport & Wellbeing fitness classes/courses from the comfort of your residences. Work out when it suits you!

Part 1:

Part 2:


Health and wellbeing does not have to include who can run the fastest or eating healthy, it also can incorporate improving yourself and having a positive foresight. Below we have listed a variety of lectures from tedtalks. These include how to better connect with peopleimprove your conversational skills; the importance of a social life; how to improve positive thinkingemotional wellbeing and mental wellbeing

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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