With many SOU students at home or taking all online classes, Campus Recreation provides a list of virtual resources to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing. Check out this list below for at-home fitness ideas, mental health resources, tips for online learning, and more!
Get Fit at Home
Can’t make it to the SRC? Here are a few apps and online videos to help you get a sweat on at home.
FitOn – tons of completely FREE workouts, including yoga, dance, cardio, HIIT, and more. Plus, create custom workout plans.
Nike Run Club – Track your runs and walks, see split times, and share your progress with your friends. The app also has a selection of guided runs if you need a little extra coaching.
Nike Training Club – a variety of different workouts are available, including no-equipment, some equipment, and full equipment workouts. You’ll also have access to training and nutrition tips and workout plans to help you get started.
Down Dog Yoga – Great for experienced yogis and beginners, plus HIIT, Barre, and more. Free for students, faculty, and staff until January 1, just make sure to sign up with your sou.edu email!
Strava – Track your activity, join challenges, and map your progress against your friends. Great for runners and cyclists.
Yoga with Adriene – High-quality, guided yoga videos, great for all levels. There’s even a playlist of videos for beginners.
Fitness Blender – Search over 500 free workouts by length, difficulty, training type, muscles used, calories burned, and more.
POPSUGAR Fitness – Hundreds of free workouts.
Social isolation doesn’t necessarily mean staying inside. Make sure you follow executive orders and current COVID-19 measures. Some outdoor options might be temporarily restricted.
Local Parks (some park features, like courts and playgrounds, might be closed right now, but you can still walk on trails and streets)
Garfield Park – Ashland – Garfield St and East Main.
Hunter Park – Ashland – Between Walker Elementary and Normal Ave.
Lithia Park – Ashland – Downtown, access by the plaza.
Best Trails near Ashland, OR – Many Ashland trails can be accessed easily from the SOU campus!
Hiking Project – This REI app helps you discover more than 217,049 miles of trails to hike with your favorite people, and new trails are constantly being added.
AllTrails – 50,000+ routes, all the trails on the app are curated by hikers and mountain bikers all over the country.
Explore From Your Couch
Epic Films for the Great Indoors – a collection of short adventure films from our friends at the Banff Centre.
GeoGuessr – this site drops you somewhere in the world (via satellite maps) and you have to guess where.
Virtual National Park Tours – check out these natural wonders you can explore digitally!
How to Camp With Your Dog – This article covers all aspects of safely camping with your furry best friends.
Learning and Working from Home
Transitioning to online classes or telecommuting can be tough. Here are some tips for staying productive away from the classroom.
Audible – Online library of audiobooks. Free 30-day trial, plus kids stories are completely free while schools are closed.
8 tips for online class success by Northeastern University
5 ways to work well from home from the BBC
Mental Health and Mindfulness
It’s more important now than ever to check in with yourself and practice mindfulness.
Headspace – Guided meditations focused on stress and anxiety, sleeping, movement and exercise, and more. The free version includes basic meditations and special pack focused on the current events. The Student version is only $9.99 per year.
Calm – Meditation app with a large library of guided courses, nature sounds, and video lessons on mindful movement. There is a free version and a paid version.
Smiling Mind – a completely free mindfulness website and app. Includes programs for adults and for kids.
Ten Percent Happier – The free version of the app has essential meditations, along with daily reminders and stat-tracking. They also have a podcast covering a variety of mental health and mindfulness topics.
Coping with Stress regarding COVID-19 – posted by the CDC
Meditation for College Students – Check out this blog post from Best Colleges if you want to learn more about meditation practice benefits. At the end of the article, they have some tips for starting a meditation practice while in college.
Passing the Time
Learn a new hobby, start a journal, or get started on your spring cleaning.
The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross – A soothing experience even if you aren’t following along.
Spring Cleaning Checklist – if you’re stuck at home, you might as well clean it!
Tasty – Tons of recipes with step-by-step video instructions.
Duolingo – Learn a new language for FREE! Keeps you motivated with challenges and rewards.
The 5 Best Online Coloring Sites for Adults – Check out these sites for printable coloring pages (fun for adults and kids!)
Gratitude Happiness Journal App – This app lets you write and send thank-you notes to people in your life. It also includes features like inspirational quotes, reminders to practice gratefulness throughout the day, and of course, the ability to jot down what you’re grateful for.
Day One Journal – This app lets you create entries with words and photos.
1 Second Everyday – Video Diary: “Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life”
Fix Your Finances
Mint – a great tool for keeping track of your spending! Connect your bank account, create budgets, set up reminders for your bills, and more!
Her First $100k – Tori saved $100k by the time she turned 25, and her website and blog has a ton of info on how to save and manage your money.
Just for Fun
Watch, read, or listen to something that brings a smile to your face.
18 Painfully Accurate Tweets That Sum Up College In The Time Of Coronavirus
Pictures of Puppies – Puppy Bowl XVI
Oregon Zoo on Youtube – short video clips showing the animals at the Oregon Zoo.
More resources from Southern Oregon University to help students stay successful over the course of the term.
Student Life Virtual Activities and Programming – check out more ideas from Student Life
SOU Presence – This is the way to connect to Clubs and other Student Organizations. Find a club to join or a new activity to attend.
SOU Support Groups – Weekly support groups, including Anxiety Relief, Community Recovery in Education (CORE), Fire Support, Women’s and LGBTQIA+ Sexual Assault Survivors Healing groups, and Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness support. Find more information about these groups on the Office of the Dean of Students website.
9am - 9pm
9am - 6pm
4pm - 8pm
1465 Webster St.
Ashland, OR, 97520
SOU Outdoor Program