I decided to try out the Bellabeat LEAF. What sparked my interest initially was the design. The LEAF is a piece of jewelry, to be worn on a necklace, on a bracelet, or as a clip on your bra or waist. It’s the first tracker I’ve seen that’s made for women.
The LEAF comes with a necklace and a wrap around bracelet. The bracelet is very comfortable. It was a bit tricky for me to figure out at first, but once I had it the first time it was easy to take on and off. The LEAF is a big big on the wrist, but it doesn’t look out of place, as it’s neutral toned and has a pretty design. There’s no digital display on the LEAF, which some may not prefer, but I liked that I wasn’t inclined to constantly check my step number as I normally do with my previous pedometer.
The LEAF is currently $119, which is comparable to other pedometers on the market.
I wore the LEAF along with my other pedometer for a few days to see how accurate it was by comparison. As with my other pedometer, I found the LEAF is more accurate when worn closer to the body, specifically clipped on my bra. It was the least accurate (with fewer steps) when worn on the bracelet, and somewhere in between when worn on the waist. This means I’d probably prefer to wear it clipped onto my bra on a regular basis, but in cases where it could be seen through my shirt and I don’t have a pocket, I still have the option to wear it as a bracelet. With my previous pedometer, I’d often leave it at home if I didn’t have pant pockets.
The app shows your basic information, including how many steps and how much sleep you’ve achieved. Currently, you can’t input exercise or food into the app, and it doesn’t sync with other apps like MyFitnessPal. Luckily, these features can/may be added in the future.
While this tracker doesn’t read heart rate, that’s not a big deal for me. I’ve found many trackers in the market don’t read heart rate accurately. I can set a silent alarm to wake up (this is my favorite way to wake up), or quietly remind me of anything, including birth control (if you need that). You can also set the LEAF to vibrate every so often if you haven’t moved in awhile, which is nice if you want to regularly take a quick stroll. Another favorite feature of mine is that the LEAF has a battery that lasts six months, so I don’t have to remember to charge it every week.
The app also features a period tracker, which is just based on information you enter manually. It will tell you when to expect your next cycle and when your most fertile days are. It also encourages you to do breathing exercises every morning.
Overall, I think the LEAF is a great option for women who want to keep track of their exercise, and have easy reminders without wearing a hunk of plastic on their arm. If you’re interested in the Bellabeat LEAF, you can sign up for the waitlist [here].
Would you want to try out the LEAF? How do you keep track of your activity?