If you have been following me on Instagram, where I post-exercise videos and fitness tips on an almost daily basis, you would know that I am a proper gym rat. So when  #TeamAaptiv approached me to test their fun and convenient programs, I jumped at the chance for a much-needed change-up in my routine.

The training game can be a very lonely game, whilst most gyms offer umpteen number of classes, for me given my crazy schedule, it is not possible to attend those classes. Also, working out in a mirrored room packed with Spandex-clad people all trying to synchronise their moves to Ed Sheeran’s Shape of you, is something I would definitely pass.

Whilst I do not mind being the lone Wolf at the gym, I do admit that occasionally I need the motivation to give it my best, to keep going and just to learn new things. Enter Aaptiv, an audio-based fitness app that gives you a boutique fitness class right in your earbuds. Each “class” has a trainer who will take you through the programme and you can get the work out at a gym, home or outside with the touch of a button.

The Workouts—

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Aaptiv has a range of training programmes that you can try from outside running, strength training, HIIT, yoga to meditation. Each category has plans for beginners, intermediate and advanced level athletes (that’s you gym rat!). Each plan is colour coded for your convenience—green is for beginners, yellow is for intermediates and green is for advanced.

I also liked the fact that they have both 10-15 minute programmes and 30-60 programmes as well. As I said earlier, the app is designed to get you going and having even 15-minute programmes which pump your heart in no time is essential. As a busy mum, this feature is my personal favourite, sometimes despite your best intentions you just do not have time. So, getting even 10-15 minutes of work out can help immensely. I am a big believer that training/exercise is the best stress-buster and therapy hence I make a point to do something even if it is for 15 minutes.

My favourite, however, was their meditation playlist. After a busy and hectic day at work, where I am usually fighting fire and doing other awesome things, my mind (needless to say) goes on an overdrive mode. And most nights, instead of getting a good sleep I end up twisting and turning, with all the thoughts in the world coming at bedtime. And let me tell you from experience: stupid ideas come from a tired, unrested mind.

Meditation is proven to calm oneself down, clear the cobwebs in mind and energise you from within. Problem is…well, it is not easy to keep still and reflect…at least for me. I have been trying to make meditation a regular practice before sleep but always fail hence Aaptiv helped me immensely in achieving this goal.

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Aaptiv: a boon for new mums—

When I had just had my daughter, I found it extremely difficult to get any workout in for days (Getting grips on how to handle a baby, the tiny new person in your life is a challenging exercise in itself and there is no shame in accepting that). Aaptiv has a section designed especially for new mums—stroller workouts. Their stroller workouts are short (20-25 minutes), making it easier to squeeze one into a hectic day, and because they use the pushchair there is no need for a babysitter.

When my daughter was a baby, stroller workouts was something I did very regularly. Getting out, with your baby, even if it is 20 minutes helps both mum and baby immensely. We all know news mums risk getting postnatal anxiety and depression (i have been there) and it is important that new mums can get enough support to get this done in their new-changed lives.

In a nutshell—

Aaptiv, in a nutshell, is a great app to use if you are looking for motivation, new training programmes and new tips for fitness. My only criticism about the app is sometimes it is very difficult to understand a move when it is only told to you. Human beings like visual cues and if you are a beginner some of the instructions get lost in translation. But you can easily overcome this challenge by carefully listening to the instructions few times before fully understanding and executing it.  For £9.99 per month, you can become a member and access all the workouts without any limits. Unsure still about Aaptiv? You can try it for free with Aaptiv’s 7-day trial.

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Welcome to the all new Style With Substance–a blog about fashion, fitness, motherhood and lifestyle. As you can see we have evolved, scaled up and grown for the better. After months of serious contemplation, brainstorming for ideas and having rather passionate discussions with my husband–we have finally reached our goal–a newer and edgier Style With Substance.

When I started this blog, I had absolutely no idea where it will go and how long I will continue this for. I was not sure if it would remain a mere hobby or something more. After zillion fashion posts, outfit photography, debates and seriously doubting if I can continue investing in this blog, we have decided to scale up.

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Because, giving up can never be an option. 

I firmly believe that giving up on your dreams and vision should never be an option and no matter how hard the road gets it is best to keep moving forward. So, instead of giving up, I’ve chosen to grow up, get better and keep moving on ahead.

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I have spent the last few weeks introspecting things. And I have realised I have become a stronger version of myself. Yes, like everyone I have my vulnerabilities but I have chosen to keep persisting despite all the odds. My blog definitely reflects this ideology.

As the saying goes, just when the caterpillar thought the world was over it became a butterfly.  

I hope you have liked this new look of the blog. I would definitely like to know your thoughts on it. And please continue to shower me with your encouragement and appreciation to move on.

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As a blogger, I am constantly trying to make my blog better, varied and interesting. Keeping that in mind, I am starting a new section called Spotlight which as the name suggests puts the spotlight on new and upcoming designers. Today, I am going to introduce you to Mala Aroa–a mum, mumpreneur, artist and a painter who does everything from acrylic painting to digital art. Here’s Mala in her own words.

Image Credit: Mala Arora

Image Credit: Mala Arora

I took my passion for art and turned it into a full-time job.

I am a visual artist and designer. I studied Fine Arts during my graduation and post graduation, (specialised in Painting) from India. I have always been inspired by my surroundings and I use different mediums to express my vision and myself. My most favourite mediums have been painting, photography, digital art, printmaking. And recently I have started using my creativity in designing home accessories and fashion accessories. Art and Crafts has always fascinated me. I knew from early age that I want to be an artist as I loved expressing my emotions through art. I have worked hard and extensively to emerge as a complete artist.

Image Credit: Mala Arora

Image Credit: Mala Arora

My daughter’s birth gave me the push to start my own business.

Before my daughter’s birth, I worked in the corporate world and also did some voluntary work to remain in touch with my freewill and creativity. However, being an artist I found at times difficult to get a complete freedom to stretch imagination and creativity within the employment. Almost three years ago, when I was blessed with a baby, don’t know what exactly happened but suddenly I got this motivation and confidence to start my own business. I also had the full support from my husband to follow my dream and thus Mala’s Art House was born.

Convincing others when I started out was the biggest challenge I faced. 

First of all, sometimes its difficult to prove to others around you what are you doing and why? As this is your and only your dream they can’t visualise it; so despite doubts you should continue to work towards your dream. I also realised, if you are giving your 100 % then they will soon start believing in your hard work and passion.

As an artist I can be good in my creations but a business comes along due to many other aspects too like marketing, sales, accounting.This compounds the challenge and complexity of starting a business. But there is good support available for new businesses. In my experience, social media has been biggest help for me in keeping me motivated and inspired.

Mala's Art House

I have crazy challenging days. 

The most interesting aspect of day is definitely creating, creating and creating things. I am either designing art, accessories or handicrafts.I just love doing it. The most challenging part is to establish myself in this dynamic, demanding yet beautiful designer market. But I know this is just temporary and I can work on this.

Image Credit: Mala Arora

Image Credit: Mala Arora

Balancing life with work is essential too. 

I believe in living in the moment and going with the flow. So, if I know that my family especially my daughter needs me more than my work then I will happily spend my time without any complaints or guilt. As working from home with little daughter, no one day can be same but once you realise this fact and work around, you can achieve what you want.

If you want to know more about Mala or see/purchase her line, you can check out her website as well pinterest and instagram. You can also check out her Facebook Page or follow her on Twitter. All images are a copyright of Mala Arora, do not copy them without her permission. 

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