Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Do you want to be Sick Less Often?

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

The evidence is clear – regular exercise is good for you!

And not only is it good for you, but doing it regularly and consistently will have a positive effect on many areas of your life.  No more clearly can this be shown but in the workplace.

sick-personDo you want to get sick less often? Do you want more energy? Would you like to be more confident? Would you like to be able to handle stress better? Would you like to give yourself more opportunities for promotions?

Countless studies have proven that being fit and healthy will result in more energy, superior ability to focus clearly and more effective ways to manage stress levels. Now wouldn’t that make life a lot easier?

By improving yourself in these areas alone, you may be able to counter your weaknesses, and eliminate those factors that may be stopping you from getting that promotion, from gaining recognition and taking on more responsibility, from having the chance to earn a higher salary or improve your living standards!

Participation in a work-based exercise program can greatly increase job satisfaction and help to counter boredom and complacency. It can also encourage other positive health-related behaviour, such as quitting smoking or weight loss.

Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated – it just needs to be regular. The following are some examples of how exercising can be made easier:

– organise fellow staff members for lunch time sporting games – touch football, soccer, volleyball, cricket
– start a walking/running club at lunchtimes
– participate in a workplace fitness program
– join a local health club
– hire a Personal Trainer

Regular exercise, combined with sound dietary habits, WILL make a difference in many areas of your life, especially in a place where you spend a large chunk of your time – in the workplace!!

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Why Exercise in the Morning?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A blog post answering just why we should exercise in the mornings…

When the sun begins peaking over the horizon, you shouldn’t be burying your head underneath a pillow, praying it will get dark and turn into night again. Instead, you should take advantage of the early hours to get in an hour of exercise. Why? Because the benefits far outweigh your desire to sleep in a bit.

Benefit #1: You’ll Lose Weight

To read the whole article, check out the latest edition of the Succed Fitness Magazine:

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Weight Loss Secrets Part III

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Hope you are all having a great day? Here is part III of my Weight Loss Secrets….

Fitness tip 9 – Interval Training. Interval training is the number 1 cardiovascular exercise for weight loss. It includes high intensity exercise (for10-60 seconds) broken up with periods of low intensity exercise. The good thing with interval training is that you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time. So there’s no need to spend hrs pounding away on a treadmill, you can be done in 20-25 mins and that’s including your warm up and cool down! This form of training will keep your metabolism elevated for up to 24 hrs after you’ve finished training, through E.P.O.C (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), so you’ll be burning calories even while you’re sleeping.

Fitness tip 10 – Include a cheat day once every 10 days! Keep your body guessing and have a cheat day once a week. This will stop your body from hitting a plateau and stop your metabolism from slowing down. A cheat day is a good time to eat the foods you’ve been craving throughout the week. No-one can eat perfectly 100% of the time without cracking, so hold off any foods that aren’t in your nutrition plan until this day. Having a cheat day will allow you to be good for the other day’s, (just don’t go too mad)!

Fitness tip 11 – Eat whole foods. Whole foods have formed the basis of the human diet for millions of years. In the last hundred or so years we have been subjected to countless foods that are totally foreign to us. Much of what we call food today (McDonalds, potato chips, sugar coated cereals, French fries) are highly processed and have no nutritional value, these foods will be stored as fat by your body. You are what you eat, if you eat wholesome foods that are full of nutrients, your body has all the raw materials it needs to keep you nourished and maintain a weight that is ideal for you. Whole foods are foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains all of which are full of vitality. There is more and more research and people heading back to the old style of eating like our ancestors (caveman style). If you can catch it, pick it, or grow it, you can eat it!  CB066438

Fitness tip 12 – Write your goals down. On a piece of paper write down your goals, set yourself a timeframe and look at it everyday. Make sure their realistic enough for you to achieve but tough enough to make you work hard for them. Every time you reach your goals, set new goals and timeframes, this will help you stay motivated and maintain your results. Having goals gives you a path to follow and something to strive for.

Scott Williams

Are Carbohydrates Making you FAT!!!

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

fat-personIn short, yes they are… In my opinion anyway. This is why I have devised a complete nutrition and training program that I have been running as a guinea pig trial with 15 clients for the last few weeks.


Just wanted to give you a quick update on how everyone is going thus far with my training & nutrition trial.

To give you a rundown every single person that has stuck to it has lost at least 2kg in the last two weeks. I think that is a fantastic effort guys well done.

Some of the more notables are:

Narelle – 1.8kg (only been going ONE week)

Jules – lost 2.8kg in two weeks

Craig – lost 2.6kg in two weeks (with AC/DC concert in the middle)

A.J – lost 3.6kg (still to be weighted this week)

Myself –  88.2 NOW 85kg (lost 3.2kg in two weeks)

Here is a bit of insight into why this meal plan is working so well:

Humans are genetically conditioned to store fat. It’s part of the survival mechanism to see us through times of famine. The problem now is that we rarely experience famine. As a result, we store fat and never burn it off.

Most of our excess weight comes from the highly processed carbohydrates found in baked goods, breads and other sweet snacks that we all love so much. Simple equation, you eat too much of these you store body fat.  Eat too many of these foods and your body starts to change the way it processes food.  The insulin you need to convert carbs to energy becomes less effective and instead of burning the food you’re eating, you start to store more and more fat.

The goal of my eating plan is to get your insulin level back under control, which is done by cutting carbs in your meal plan. Not all the carbs, just the ones your body uses the fastest. This means saying goodbye to a list of foods you generally eat all the time: potatoes, most fruit, bread, pastries, rice & some cereals.

Now don’t think you have to give these foods up forever, just for a few weeks here and there. Just long enough to lose some weight and recondition your body to use insulin more effectively.

Things you should be looking for are: salads, zucchini, tomato, peas, beans, broccoli, asparagus, cucumbers, lean meat cuts, turkey, chicken, fish, eggs, raw peanut butter and seafood.

All of these foods are have a less effect on blood sugar, and hence they break down slower in your body.  As the weeks progress you then start to incorporate other carbs back into the diet.

I have found it has given me much more energy on a daily basis, and I am creeping closer to viewing  the six pack that has been hiding underneath all those years….


Scott Williams

Australian Fitness Expert 

What Will you Give Up?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

A post on the things I am giving up for the month for my Last Phase Fatloss Trial

Diet sneak is what happens to a great diet when you get a little too confident and a little too lazy. It happens to a LOT of  people who start off strong with our Succeed Boot Camps and then start sliding back into their old habits.

It doesn’t happen very often, but I’ve found I am even guilty , going from 90% perfect to 85% and down to 80%. Time to do something about it.

(I already have a few, but hey, if you want to give up a few things this month, just let me know in the comments section…we can support one another!)

Now I know that because of my workouts I’m still gaining muscle and not gaining fat, but as a role model to you and hundreds of other Succeed clients and readers, I’ve decided to get strict and lead the way this Month.

So for the next 30 days, I’m kicking these foods out of my diet:

  • Added sugar
  • Alcohol
  • “Processed foods”
  • Dairy
  • Most Fruits

Let’s take a look at why I’m removing each one of those…

1) Added Sugar

The main source of added sugar in my diet was the raw sugar in my coffee and the occasional ice cream, I am cutting it out.

And then there was also a little bit of diet sneak going on as well…last week I had a gatorade after a run + a few snakes…

But I know that’s not setting a good example for you, so let’s get back to square one and cut out all added sugar. I have others doing it so I need to lead by example.

2) Alcohol

I have let a few regular beverages creep in over the last few months. Not that I drink a lot, but can’t hurt to take it out either.

3) “Processed foods”

Alright, this is a tough one to define, but here’s my definition:

a) No added sugar

b) No refined flours

4) Dairy

This isn’t a big deal because 90% of my dairy intake consists of milk in my coffee, so I figured why not throw it on the list. Sometimes I add a small amount of cheese to my morning omelets, but I’ll give that up for now.

5) Most Fruits

Why am I giving up fruits you ask, aren’t they good for me?? Well yes and no, it depends on who you talk you really. A nutritionist might say you need at least 2 – 3 pieces of fruit a day, but I tend to disagree.

The reason why is that most people don’t understand and realise the amount of sugar they are already consuming in a day wihtout adding the sugar contect from fruit. I am not saying my way is the right way either, but I am going to try it for a month and see what happens, along with 15 other people.

So what’s staying in my diet?

– eggs, meats, fish, raw nuts, and dozens of different kinds of salad and vegetables.

Pretty simple, and of course, regardless of your dietary preferences, your food foundation should feature a lot of salads and vegetables – so your diet shouldn’t be much different from mine even if you eat dairy and meat.

Overall, a nice little “diet depletion” for the month.

What is your biggest weakness?

Is there at least ONE food or ingredient you could give up for an entire month?

Let me know what it is by commenting below…

Here’s to your dieting success,

Scott Williams

PS – C’mon, don’t be shy…

…commit to giving up one thing this month and tell me what it is below…

I will keep you posted each week with the results:

So far a I have had 8 of the people on the trial weigh in and ALL have lost at least 1.5kg (some have lost over 3kg in the first week).

Myself – I started at 88.2kg and and 86kg even (a loss of 2.2kg in one week…)

A Question of Balance

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A post about your balance in life, family, fitness, business 


At times, everyone’s life will be out of balance.

In order to realise our goals some sacrifice will be necessary. To me, balance is best explained as a centre point to which we keep returning from bouts of relaxation or pressure. It’s like the grey area from which we deliberately choose to step away or step back into.

When we play tennis we react to the ball best when we’re at centre court. Sometimes we throw ourselves at the net, sometimes we chase the ball to the side, but at all times we’re aware of how exposed we are and our need to get back to centre court – our balance point.

Perfect balance is a state of non-movement. Life’s too fluid and dynamic for this state to be maintained for long periods. If we want to get ahead in life, then in almost anything, it requires work, effort and a personal stretch.

The answer lies in knowing how to relax, and how to push when required. We also need to recognise the state we’re in at any given moment, and then make a conscious decision to maintain or alter that state. Is it time to relax or, go for it?

If you choose to push it then, support your decision by:

  1. Not missing an exercise workout. A workout will burn off excess stress and leave you calm and rational.
  2. Always eat breakfast. This sends a message to your body that all is OK and prevents the body from wanting to store bodyfat.
  3. Discuss with your family the period of time you’ll be out of balance and the reason you’ve made this choice.

If you choose to relax then, support this decision by:

  1. Leaving your briefcase at work – don’t take it home the night you intend to relax.
  2. Take your watch off …you’ll soon get out of time.
  3. Eat lunch away from work stimulants such as the computer screen.

Know the cost of deciding to go for it, or to back off. And, take responsibility for that decision.

 Balance is a destination never arrived at. Its knowing that its your choice to maintain or reject your current state that’s important.

Scott Willams

Succeed Personal Training, Canberra

Emotional Eating – Part II

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Ok, a few days a ago I gave you an understanding of emotional eating and the triggers. Now you need to learn how to break those habits. When you start to reach for food in response to an eating trigger, here are a few activities you can try before reaching for the chocolates:


The best thing you can do for yourself is:

  • take a walk, go to the gym (exercise will give you endorphins which will make you feel better and give you time to calm down)
  • treat yourself to a movie
  • listen to music
  • read a book or call a friend (talking can take your mind off the fridge)
  • Plan enjoyable events for yourself to keep busy
  • Clear the house of unhealthy foods and comfort foods you ay go looking for
  • Avoid the shopping if you are hungry, or angry (only go to the shops on a empty stomach
  • Keep a supply of healthy options around

Snack healthy. If you feel the urge to eat between meals, choose low-calorie food more natural products, such as fresh fruit, vegetables with fat-free dip or unbuttered popcorn. Or test low-fat, lower calorie versions of your favorite foods to see if they satisfy your craving (don’t make them a habit though).

Eat a well balanced diet throughout the day. If you’re not getting enough calories from your set meals to meet your energy needs, you may be more likely to graze on unwanted foods or give in to emotional eating.

Be sure to make it a habit to eat at around the same time each day and whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast.

 Include foods from the basic food groups in your meals. Focus on whole grains, vegetables and fruits, as well as low-fat dairy products and lean protein sources. When you fill up on the basics, you’re more likely to feel fuller, longer.

Exercise regularly and get adequate rest. Your mood is more manageable and your body can more effectively fight stress when it’s fit and well rested.

Be open to trying alternative ideas. Sometimes distracting yourself from eating is not enough to manage the emotional distress that leads to excessive eating. To more effectively cope with emotional stress, try body balance, meditation, yoga etc.

These are just a few techniques may assist to alleviate the emotional problems that cause you to ‘comfort eat’.

Next time you feel one of the emotions give it a go. What have you got to lose?

Scott Williams

Ausstralian Fitness Expert

What do you EAT When Emotional? Part 1

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Well after a few of my personal training clients have fallen of the band wagon for a variety of reason and have turned to food for comfort, I decided to write a post about it.

Did you know that the experts estimate that 75% of overeating is caused by emotions.


Emotional eating (generally junk food) is the practice of consuming bigger than normal quantities of food – usually “comfort” or junk foods – when feeling bored, lonely, upset, self-esteem issues, stressed, angry, tired, anxiety, problems with relationships or sad.

Everyone eats for emotional reasons occasionally, but when the habit of using food to deal with emotions happens often, it becomes hard to separate actual hunger from emotional hunger.

Emotional eating takes its toll on the body and causes weight gain. In order to stop emotional eating, you must first admit that there is a problem.

There are several triggers that can turn on the emotional eating tap. It is important to identify what triggers the emotional eating. Here are a few typical triggers:


There are a multitude of triggers here: boredom, tension, anger, anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression, or loneliness as a way to “fill the void.” People who are uncomfortable with confrontation may deal with frustrations in their relationship may result in them reaching for the cookie jar, for example, rather than with communication. Food can take the attention off of these triggers and a host of other emotions we’d sometimes rather not feel, and is often used for this purpose.


We are what we think we are. If we think we are fat, we are going to eat to accommodate those thoughts. Eating as a result of negative self-worth or making excuses for eating. For example, getting cranky at oneself for looks or a lack of will power not to resist the food (get angrier and then eat more food).

Peer Pressure

 For example, excessive eating can result from being encouraged by others to eat; eating to fit in; arguing; or feelings of inadequacy around other people. Feeling obliged to eat when around other people so to not be a ‘misfit’.


Eating because the opportunity is there. For example, at a restaurant, passing by the bakery, seeing an advertisement for a particular food. Eating  also tends to be associated with certain activities such as watching TV, going to the movies (popcorn and ice cream cones) or a sporting event (pie and chips at the footy), etc.


For example, increased hunger due to skipping meals (big mistake) or eating to forget about pain.

When stressed or anxious, many people become “orally fidgety.” This often it leads to eating when not hungry. Many people, out of nervousness or boredom, just munch on chips or drink soda to give their mouths something to do (especially if they are not a smoker). This excuse is one of the biggest used for smokers who have given up.

Childhood Habits

Many of us have sub conscious thought processes from our childhood memories that revolve around food. Whether your parents used to reward you with sweets, fix your tantrums with an ice cream cone, make or buy your favorite meal to celebrate your successes. Most children develop some emotionally-based attachments to food while growing up. When in times of stress, few things can be as powerfully comforting or rewarding as your favorite food. Because many people don’t develop more effective coping strategies (going for a walk to calm down, cleaning the house etc), this type of emotional eating is very common: people eat to feel better, because it is there, to celebrate, eat to deal with the stress of being



To identify what triggers excessive eating in you, get a diary and record what and when you eat as well as what emotions, thoughts, or stress you identify as you eat. You will begin to identify patterns to your excessive eating fairly quickly.

When emotional hunger comes along, one of its distinguishing characteristics is that you’re focused on a particular food, which is likely a comfort food (mine is Ice Cream). Comfort foods are foods a person eats to obtain or maintain a feeling. Comfort foods are often wrongly associated with negative moods, and indeed, people often consume them when they’re down or depressed, but interestingly enough, comfort foods are also consumed to maintain good moods.

Ice cream is first on the comfort food list. After ice cream, comfort foods break down by sex: For women it’s chocolate and cookies; for men it’s pizza and steak.

If there is a particular subject you want me to write about, let me know in the comments section below!

Scott Williams

Succeed Personal Training

Australia’s Leading Fitness Expert

Need a Lower Intensity Exercise Regime?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009


Well here at Succeed we are always looking at ways to cater for everybody when it comes to fitness.

We all understand that we need to do something and that it is never to late for any body to start exercising.

Remember we live on average an extra 15 – 25 years than our ancestors, so it it vital we stay fit, healthy and active.

So we have joined forces with Heartmoves and one of our wonderful trainers in Karell Daly who has completed her course as a Heartmoves Instructor here in Canberra.

What is Heartmoves I hear you say?

Heartmoves is a gentle low to moderate intensity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t exercised in a while, or anyone with pre or existing chronic disease that needs to begin an exercise program.

This exercise program can help:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve cholestrol
  • Manage weight
  • Manage diabetes
  • Improve quality of life

Exercise includes a focus on strength, flexibility, fitness and co-ordination in a fun non intimidating environment.

 Join Heartmoves and Succeed to increase physical activity, maintain a healthy lifestyle , continue your exercise after rehabilitation, or just to meet new people.

 Heartmoves classes can be adapted for anyone from the young to the older adult.

 For more information on the Heartmoves Program please click the photo:


Location: Chisolm Community Centre, 15-19 Halley St, Chisolm

Day: Thursday

Time: 6 – 7pm

Cost: $10 per session

For more information, or if you wish to join in at anytime please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scott Williams

CEO, Managing Director Succeed

Fitness Training whilst Pregnant

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hey all, I hope you are doing great and loving the warmer weather and the start of all out outdoor Boot Camp programs in Canberra.

I have recently had a small selection of my wonderful Personal Training clients fall pregnant ( congratulations to all).

pregnant-woman- fitness-training

So I thought it only fitting I post up a little bit of information for all the pregnant women and what can be done with your fitness training.

If you are already training, and if the Dr says it is ok, I would definately keep going. I would also look into the guidance of a Personal Trainer that can assist you with you training program so as to stay safe.

Pregnant women can and should exercise in moderation unless there are health factors or risks that prevent them from participating in a fitness program. This should consist of intervals of no more than thirty – sixty minutes at a time, several days each week if not every day of the week if you fee up to it.

Exercising has been proven to help pregnant women feel and look better, and also will help in minimizing the amount of weight gained during pregnancy.

Keep fit during pregnancy can help prevent or avoid problems such as gestational diabetes, a common form of diabetes that sometimes develops during pregnancy. It will also help increase stamina, which will be needed for labor delivery and increase your physical and emotional well being before and after delivery.

Staying in shape will also help speed your recovery after the birth of your baby. Always be sure to consult with your physician before beginning any type of fitness program while you are pregnant.

Fitness programs that are appropriate for pregnant women include walking, swimming, low or no-impact aerobics (done at a mild pace), yoga, and Pilates for as long as you are able to complete the required moves and strength training providing you consult a qualified trainer. You should always avoid activities that can put you at a high risk for injury. Forms of sports or exercise that may cause you to be hit in the abdomen or are performed lying flat on your back are considered high risk. This is extremely important after the third month. Another sport you will need to avoid during pregnancy is scuba diving. While this may seem completely harmless, especially since being in the water makes you feel lighter and more agile, it can cause dangerous gas bubbles to form in an unborn child’s circulatory system.

There are numerous benefits that exercise can bring to a pregnant woman. You will burn calories, which will help prevent any excessive weight gain. If you work out on a regular basis, you will improve the condition of your joints and muscles, which will be very helpful during the birth of your baby. The long-term effects will also continue after giving birth and will also help you lower your risk of heart disease and many other serious illnesses.

Staying in shape will help to relieve any anxiety and stress you may feel. It will also help to prevent the “baby blues” that many new mothers experience after the birth of their child. This is valuable information since so many new mothers worry if postpartum depression will affect their lives and the lives of their family. Participating in fitness programs while pregnant gives many emotional as well as physical benefits.

Once your doctor give you the go ahead ( usually six weeks) to begin a fitness program, decide on a program that fits your schedule, and make sure it is flexible.

 Keep in mind that it is best if you do not exceed a 30- 60 minute period of time while exercising. If you are finding it difficult to pick a program, try several different types of exercises that are appropriate for pregnant women then decide which you enjoy the most. You may want to incorporate a variety of exercises into your routine to help prevent boredom and discouragement. Exercising while you are pregnant is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your unborn child.

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Yours in Fitness & Health

Scott, Succeed Personal Training