Do you have a FitBit? Or some other fitness tracker? I decided I wanted one for Christmas, and after a lot of comparing and debating, I chose a Bellabeat Leaf Nature in Rose Gold.
The Bellabeat Leaf is a health tracker that features activity tracking, stress prediction, guided meditations, sleep insights and a period tracker. You can wear it as a bracelet or necklace, or clip it to your shirt or pants. It’s pretty and functional!
I’ve had this since Christmas, and have been super happy with it! I wear it every day. It seems fairly accurate in step counting. The sleep tracking is okay in accuracy, the biggest issue I find is that if you have to adjust the times then it seems to lose the awake-asleep tracking for the night. I enjoy the guided mediation, I do the Deep Sleep one most evenings to help relax, and it’s been a while since I made it all the way through before I fell asleep. That might be cheating my mediation tracking, but I’m okay with that.
I usually wear my Leaf as a bracelet during the day, and clipped to my pants at night. As a bracelet, it’s comfortable to wear. It took a week or so to get used to the size of the leaf as I was expecting it to be a bit smaller, but now it’s not an issue.
The double wrap cord is comfortable. It’s made of leather, which means I’m finding that it seems to be stretching just a little. It closes securely, and I’ve never had it come off by accident. The only change I’d make would be to have 2 little loops as my wrists are small, and the end section seems to move around and either come out of the loop, or the end sticks out oddly. I guess I could cut the cord to fit better, but a second loop would eliminate that need.
The Bellabeat app is really straightforward and easy to read and use. The main screen shows a summary of the current day’s stats. The Leaf doesn’t automatically update the app, you need to sync it by clicking the refresh button in the app. It then syncs using Bluetooth. This is supposed to help with the battery life of the Leaf (which isn’t chargeable, just replaceable). I find that having to sync manually means I’m more likely to do so in the morning (so I can see my sleep) and in the evening (so I can check my steps).
Each item tracked has a goal that you set for yourself. The app has fun stars and messages when you reach your goal. The little orange star is fun to get! On the activity (step) counter page, you can manually add an activity, but doing so removes the corresponding steps and inputs calories. I prefer to see steps, so don’t add in other activities.
As mentioned above, the sleep tracking is okay. It uses movement and restlessness to determine if you are awake (orange), lightly sleeping (light purple), or heavily sleeping (dark purple). I tend to wake up and go to the bathroom most nights, but it doesn’t always seem to track that, often marking that time as light sleep instead of awake. You can adjust your start and end times, but doing so seems to affect the tracking in between, changing any awake time to light sleep.
A neat feature is their Stress Tracking section, which brings together all the various items tracked to tell you how resistant to stress you are for the day. Cycle timing and sleep seem to be the biggest contributors, but activity also plays a significant role. Meditation time is included, but doesn’t seem to affect much. The screen shows your current day, with a green-orange-red colouring tracking, as well as an outline of your previous day.
Overall, I’m loving my Bellabeat so far! I’ve received quite a few compliments on the look of it, and people always seem impressed when I tell them what it actually is. I’m not sure if wearing it has helped me to increase my activity levels, but it is nice to track how I’m doing overall. I’m apparently a pretty good sleeper (I always thought otherwise as I tend to sleep restlessly, but being in bed 8-10 hours on average seems to balance that out), and the guided meditation feature is a fun bonus.
If you have considered getting a fitness tracker, I’d suggest taking a look at a Bellabeat Leaf. They’re pretty and functional! I bought a Nature Leaf, but they also have an Urban Leaf, which is a slightly smaller shape, and is water-resistant, which the Nature Leaf is not. The price is comparable to the FitBit, around $125-200 Cdn, depending on the leaf you choose.