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OSAKA 大阪

My personal choice in Japan.

My second destination is already well-known to me and, if you read my blog notes before, majority of my previous articles were written here, based on Osaka knowledge. 

So, it is clearly cheating from me to write a blog now. Doesn’t matter – I believe you can always discover something new if you really looking for it.

The reason why I called Osaka my personal choice is it is the place where you can experience everything you need in Japan if you really looking for it. 

First of all, looking at the city from gorgeous and unique architecture design of the Umeda Sky Garden, you will clearly see that the city is very modern and reminds you a bit of a Tokyo. When you walk down from the view point and start looking around the city centre, you realise how many international places around – another similarity with Tokyo. There is one huge difference, I would say one advantage over Tokyo, the Osaka city was not built crowded and touristic. The city obviously attracts millions of tourists a year, however, it is not trying to attract them with its touristic look like Tokyo does. This is what makes this place unique to me and my experience.

Throwing back to those long 7 years ago when I arrived to Osaka for a couple of months of summer holidays. That time I didn’t enter to Japanese school so was by myself and I needed to make some friends. 

I went to Starbucks (yes, before Australia I thought it was really cool place to be lol) and found a brochure with international meet ups. My English was weak but good enough to understand what’s written there regarding type of events, dates, locations and other important details. I carried that brochure everywhere like my passport. 

My International meet up journey started when I walked it to meet and greet at one Irish pub in Shinsaibashi. No-one checked my ID when I came to the bar and ordered Asahi. I sat down next to the international group – Canadian and American guys and one Japanese girl. They started talk to me. Found may first friends! 

Interesting to say that Ai (that amazing Japanese girl is in Melbourne now doing her own business in massage and beauty industry). We managed to catch in Melbourne last year – amazing that we both ended up in Australia. 

Those international friends took me on board and introduced me to meet up organisers. They took me to bike tours to Kobe and Kyoto. They got me to volunteer to international parties where I was given wristbands at the entrance. Then they were sneaking a VIP wristband to me so I could enter a party being 17 year old. Considering over age is 20 in Japan, I wouldn’t clearly experience incredible parties walking out the venue at sunrise time!

Anyways, the bottom line, Osaka was, is and will always be international hub in Japan but more inclusive than gigantic Tokyo. Going to Irish, English or international cafes pubs to find out where they meet up – I still believe that trip was my very best one because of that. 

Osaka is a bit cleaner – again, due to its size. It is easier to navigate around the city, the metro lines are more structured. Due to the fact that I have been there so many times, I can easily give you an overview of some of the areas to visit in Osaka. I went for a run the other morning and can say that outdoor walk/run is the best way to discover hidden shops and fascinating areas. Many beautiful stores are literally condensed in the city to fit more. 

FASHION – I have already mentioned Shinsaibashi. This area of Osaka is famous for its shopping lines (“leave all your money in Shinsaibashi”), great dining and places for parties and night life. 

Shinsaibashi never sleeps. You can shop there from 10-11:00am until late night. I could see how some people were buying new party dresses, got changed in them and went straight to night clubs and pubs to keep going. 

Shinsaibashi has everything from Japanese local brands to world famous outlets; from modern styles to luxury brands. There is a big shopping mall in the heart of Shinsaibashi called Daimaru. Daimaru is like Bondi Junction Westfield – this is how good it is!

Another thing to mention is better not to plan a day trip to Osaka if you plan to see some of the Osaka’s attractions. You need to spend the whole decent day to appreciate the fashion and go through stylish outlets in Shinsaibashi. If you are aiming for fashionista title, it is a big lie to say you will get enough fashion inspiration for a couple of hours in Shinsaibashi. You need at least one full day. Then head to an Irish pub at the end of the day to share your fashion knowledge with other Internationals. If you discuss it with Japanese, it might be even more different though as they have different vision in fashion.

FITNESS – Osaka has encouraged me to use the stairs over elevators or escalators. There are a lot of walks and transfers from one metro line to another. Go for stairs! Also, due to lesser crowds, it is much nicer and better to run outdoor in Osaka. My only recommendation is try to do it before 7:20am – 1) the sun goes up and it is super humid at this time of the year (summer is even worse); 2) people are start heading to work. You may notice that many people have to travel intercity so all the metros and shinkansens are packed from early mornings. 

 Just given a small overview of the 1-day Osaka itinerary so you can cover “different aspects of Japan”.

  • Start with the Umeda Sky Garden. This place is open at 9:30am. Normally, nothing is open in Japan till 10-11:00am – they are not morning people at all (what a shame!). It will also give you nice natural morning light to overlook the whole city and start the day right. If you are into history, there is the illustrated museum inside the Sky Garden;
  • Head to the Osaka Castle – this is one of my favourite castles in Japan (still consider Akita has better ones but anyways). I love it because there are a lot of small gardens and temples around the castle to explore. When you get to the Castle, head up to the 8th Floor and start exploring from top to the bottom;
  • Head to Dotonbori river area taking Namba station 16th exit. It is very nice and beautiful there. You can also take the tour of the river cruising around crabs and octopuses on surrounded buildings;
  • After the river, time for get decent lunch – sushi is the go for me (Japanese Diet by Angie). There is an amazing sushi restaurant with English menu with freshest raw fish. You don’t need even worry to order anything, the plates are passing through you with whatever you like! The restaurant is located on that big crab street opposite direction to Dotonbori gates on the Starbucks side (right).
  • Also, try their popular Takoyaki that are everywhere on that street. They are very filling and made with true Japanese traditions;
  • Then jump to Shinsaibashi shops and get lost there!
  • End of at a nice Irish pub to relax as you might burn your legs after Shinsaibashi walks. Get some refreshments (I would still suggest NOT to order food in pubs and eat before – all these fish and chips and burgers you can eat everywhere; real Japanese food only made by Japanese).

Ange xx

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HEALTHY CHOICES 🌱

Eventually, you will come to the point where you need to make a choice: work towards being skinny or work on your fitness and lean muscle. 
Either can be good depending on what you want to achieve. My choice is to be and look healthy and fit..especially when I wear swimwear 

👙 Swimwear set from @cheekyswim_

Also, do not be afraid to TREAT YOUR BODY! I came across so many people who have enormous feeling of being guilty for eating a piece of chocolate or having few sneaky chips while watching a movie.

There is a constant circle that you have to break: eventually you will experience craving (even if you are eating super clean), you will satisfy your craving and the sense of guilty pleasure will pressure you. The pressure will develop extra cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the stress hormone that doesn’t bring any good to you: tiredness, weight gain, infections, anxiety, etc. Moreover, you can get stress eating and consumer even triple times more than you have just eaten. I have gone through a lot of stress overeating situations and it takes time to break this..

Just relax and let your self to let it go sometimes!

Photo by @stewartdouglasphotography 💃 Stylist and make up  @angela_alina 🤩 

Eat well and clean including lean meats, healthy fats and complex carbs and your body will thank you. You will feel better; your metabolism will go up; your skin will clear up and glow

Have a cheat day when you can have a sneaky drink 🍸 and a piece of chocolate 🍫, and your body will be challenged. When it’s challenged, you will get boosted metabolism, serotonin level will go up and you will get a better resistance from sugar craving for the whole week ahead. 

When you are working on events and attend events, your healthy dieting can be affected by the social aspect of your life…just enjoy @angelinaalina


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Do you know how to measure your workout results?

Normally, you need 6-8 weeks to see the outcome of your trainings and your progression within your goal (obviously, we all different so 6-8 can vary). Mine is around this time.

What about instant result? Do you know how many calories you have just burned? Was it that level of intensity you were looking for? 


Easy rules but worth to remind:

* You want to loose weight, you gotta burn more than you eat
* You want to maintain your current weight, just exercise approx. same as you burn and don’t eat crap
* You want to build muscle weight, push on strength trainings rather than running or cardio

38X Fitness Training in my new EDGII Leggings is just 🔥🔥🔥

It is easy to get confused how much you have eaten just now (i.e. “hidden calories”). Therefore, it is important to have some indication of the workout intensity. Heart radars – yes!

One more awesome discovery.. Edgii Collections, @edgii.team@edgii_collections a growing luxury designer’s brand based in Sydney. When we discovered each other, well, it was a definite collaboration.

The highlight of their collection is the slim-technology leggings, which I can wear in my every-day training plan to lose weight and tone my body shapes (two in one!). The product features caffeine and rose hip oil micro-capsules, and these components help accelerate calories and fat burn. 
Moreover, during/after exercise, the leggings can also compress your legs and stimulate thermal activities which will maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine. 
What is my favourite part about it is the fact that the small potato chips graphics at the bottom of the leggings changes colour from yellow to white when you sweat (an indication that some calories have been burnt, which is why the leggings are great for the gym). 

Comment below what your favourite gym exercise 🤙🏽
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Truth about Pilates

TRY NEW WORKOUTS 🤙

You don’t want to get bored while training – you want to feel energised, excited and happy after a good session. Then you gotta be more creative and try out something different for your workout routine. 


For instance, I like boxing 🥊 so I LIKE TO COMMIT to this type of exercise. However, even enjoying my boxing sessions, I still find it important to differentiate my fitness journey.

💥 Why not to come out and run along the beach or beautiful landscape area?


💥 Why not to try complete new fitness class that you never tried before?


💥 Why not to include the muscle group that you normally haven’t trained yet?

It is important to differentiate your exercise plan. You get used to same trainings, your body does; and it is just boring to do same stuff again and again.

 
I have recently tried pilates. It’s been known for its benefits in increasing flexibility, shaping your body and improving overall body posture.

I like to choose exercises that are calories consuming. Of course, pilates as any exercise will burn some of your calories – some yoga and pilates studios like to use this fact to promote weight loss programs to sign up more people and get extra $$$ Smart advertising technique; I can only hope that people can be little bit smarter than that and at least make some research before believing in ads. 
Pilates mostly aims to target the back, abdominal and hip muscles – this type of exercise required to use the body’s own weight and resistance. It is great for toning your core muscles and make your tummy flat. When I discovered it, guess, what type of exercise I do the most before bikini shooting? 🤔 👙 💛

It does help you to shape your body BUT it won’t be effective if you are dreaming to become skinnier. 
Well, you might not loose kilograms but you will definitely loose some numbers around your waist and upper hips. Do the kilograms matter much in this instance? 




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Tip #1 – Before you start workout

Setting up the goals upfront – this is something that will help you keep moving forward. 
The clearer and realistic you are, the better result you achieve, and better you feel. 

When you walk in to the gym or start your training, you need to understand what you are doing it for. What you want to achieve.

The most often goals that personal trainers hear from their clients are weight loss, body shape, toned body, become healthy, etc.

It is all realistic and achievable, however, there is more clarity needed. Let’s say, you want to lose weight. Great! – how much to do you want to lose? Well, maybe, like 5-10 kg. Ok, how can you measure it? What you mean?

All about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals up

This is where people who start their gym adventures without well-qualified personal trainer or proper supervision normally WALK AWAY and GIVE UP because they don’t see the results or even hurt themselves.

You want to lose weight. There is a check list for you:

#1 What’s your current weight? Make sure you scale in the morning before your breakfast or even liquid for the most accurate results. Check that the scales are working properly

#2 What’s your height? Ideally, your weight should be calculated as Height – 110 = Body weight for healthy functioning (+- 10)

#4 Understand your intensity. The more extra weight you have, the faster you will lose it at the beginning. You need to plan your exercise timetable every week.

#3 Create a nutrition proportion. This is where I can help you. Our bodies need three main macro nutrition elements such as Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein. The best proportion will be more protein lesser carbs and can be circulated around P.: 40%; F.: 30%; C.: 30%. Read my article here for Carb Cycle that can assist with nutrition proportion. As said ask me how to create a nutrition proportion or send me your body measurements and profile details and I can have a look at it.

There are many more factors involved to build successful pathway to achieve your goal(s), however, starting point should be setting up S.M.A.R.T. goals before even touching any piece of gym equipment

Angelina