I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve missed out on steps because I couldn’t bare to wear my Fitbit on a night out or shopping with the girls. Let’s face it, most fitness trackers are uuuuggg-llyyyy and you’re not going to want to rock that polar loop with your LBD. If only someone would invent a fitness tracker that doesn’t ruin your outfit…
Introducing the Bellabeat LEAF* aka the pretty fitness tracker! I’ve been giving it a test out for the past few months so I could give you a run down as to whether this gorgeous bit of kit has the brains as well as it’s beauty. Made by Bellabeat the LEAF comes in two colours Wood with Silver and Black with Rose Gold. I know what you’re thinking, ‘But Amelia, you’re a blogger – why haven’t you gone for the rose gold version?’ and yes, while it is true that if something comes in copper or rose gold, as a blogger I am required (by law) to buy it, but in this case I went for the ‘goes with everything’ natural look and I bloomin’ love it!
Your Bellabeat can be worn on your wrist as a bracelet, as a necklace or even clipped onto your clothes like a broach (are broaches still a thing?). It’s got a battery so there’s no faffing around charging every few days (it should last around 6 months before replacing) and it looks after a little more than just your bog standard steps and calories. The Bellabeat LEAF (predominantly aimed at women) is a fitness and wellbeing tracker that measures your movement, steps, steep, calories burned, breathing and stress levels and even your menstrual cycle and ovulation.
It looks gorgeous and has a pretty handy app too which is pretty accurate to my Fitbit HR which I wear near enough 24/7. The leaf itself is super tiny and about the thickness or two/three pound coins so you can clip it onto your clothes (sliding underneath the metal part) and comes with the other accessories you need to transform it into a bracelet or necklace as you see fit – just remember to change to LEAF position in the app for accurate tracking.
The Bellabeat LEAF app
I prefer to wear mine on my wrist as a bracelet which looks pretty cool when I’m out and about. I currently use a Fitbit HR (which you can read my review of HERE) which does everything I need and more, so I tend to just wear the Bellabeat when I’m being image concious. Because I don’t wear the LEAF all the time I simply transfer the data from my Bellabeat to my Fitbit HR app when I’m home but logging it as manual exercise. Enter the active minutes and distance and Fitbit will work the rest out for you. On average it’s pretty accurate with the bellabeat tending to overestimate the calories burned and underestimate my steps but usually only by a maximum of 50 each way so I’ll take that.
Would I swap my Fitbit HR for the Bellabeat LEAF? No. Would I recommend the Bellabeat LEAF as a higher level fitness tracker? No. But if you’re looking for a tracker to monitor activity and calculate burned calories that you can wear when you’re out looking pretty then it’s 100% worth investing in. And if you’re currently looking at a tracker that simply counts steps and calories then I’d strongly recommend the LEAF too. The only reason I don’t wear my Bellabeat 24/7 is because my Fitbit HR does a lot more but if I was still rocking the Polar Loop or the simpler fitbit versions then I’d swap for the LEAF in a heartbeat.
The Bellabeat LEAF starts at around £83 – find out more HERE!
Looking for something more gym-serious?
Fitbit HR VS Fitbit Flex – which is better for the money?
Also, read my Polar Loop Review, for step, calorie and movement counting that you can sync to an external HRM for more accuracy.
What do you think of the Bellabeat LEAF? Which colour would you choose?
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