5 reasons why this is the best fitness tracker for stressed out women
by Heather Thatcher
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I’ve tried Fitbits, Garmin, three different smartwatches and even one by a company that no longer exists called Jawbone but I will always keep coming back to this one fitness tracker because it’s truly the whole package.
In this episode I’m going to share 5 reasons why this fitness tracker is my favorite fitness tracker for women.
Wearable devices are a 26 BILLION dollar a year industry (source)
Yes, that’s billion with a B.
There are a lot of theories on why fitness trackers are so important to us. Maybe they’re an extra level of accountability, especially in groups of people who wear the same devices and can compare stats.
Maybe it’s because we’re curious to learn more about ourselves, and this is a great way to get some of that data.
Whatever the reason, the truth is fitness trackers and other wearable devices are here to stay.
With so many options on the market, you want to make sure you choose the best option for you.
And for me, that option is the Bella Leaf fitness tracker. Here are my top five reasons why this is my favorite wearable device and why I will keep promoting it for a long time to come.
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#5 – It has everything you need with nothing you don’t
Although the tech has gotten better over the years, the fact still remains that heart rate tracking via a wrist sensor isn’t very accurate unless you’re standing still.
Also, I don’t know if this happens to you too, but because the little lights on the wrist sensor have to be so close to your skin in order to work, I find that I react to the fitness trackers and my skin gets irritated after just a few hours.
Because the Bella Leaf doesn’t have a heart rate sensor, it’s able to sit away from my skin and move on my wrist more which prevents my skin from getting angry and itchy.
The Bella Leaf still tracks sleep, steps, and active time (which the World Health Organization has stated is more important than step count) and has a large list of activities you can enter in for your workouts. It covers everything from:
- aerial yoga
- beach volley ball
- cross fit
- dog walking
- hoola hooping (yup, for real)
- playing with kids
- stand up paddle boarding
- tai chi
And so many more.
It feels very holistic which is something I’m all about.
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#4 – It was designed with women in mind
I don’t know how many other fitness trackers or smart watches you’ve looked at or tried on, but as a small woman there are very few that don’t look ridiculously large on me.
So many of them are very, very bulky and on a woman’s wrist it often looks comically large.
There was one company that nailed it, Pebble, but unfortunately they went out of business shortly before my first smartwatch/fitness tracker died. The good news is that FitBit bought them and acquired all their tech (which is great), but a FitBit looks like a fitness tracker.
Their versa and versa 2 have a similar look to an apple watch (at a fraction of the price) but they are still pretty bulky so that they can have room for all the tech and functionality while still having a decent battery life.
Where the Bella Leaf sets itself apart is in its appearance.
It in no way whatsoever looks like a fitness tracker. It looks like a piece of jewellery. In fact I have been complimented on it as a piece of jewellery before and people are shocked to learn it’s a fitness wearable.
It comes in multiple color options and can be worn as a bracelet (my preference), a necklace (good for getting dressed up) or as a clip that slides over your clothes or can be securely clipped into a bra if you want a more stealthy option.
Mine is rose gold, which matches my wedding band.
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#3 – It helps you track your cycle
At the beginning of this year my cycle started becoming a bit irregular, and this app has been really helpful in figuring out what’s going on.
The app, based on simple science, helps you track your cycle to know when you’re ovulating, when to expect your next period based on your previous patterns, and with the additional mood and symptom tracking that started a few months ago you’re able to keep a handle on how your cycle affects your mood and other symptoms.
#2 – It includes meditation and mindfulness
Can I get an ‘amen’?
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I think meditation and mindfulness are a great stress management strategy. There’s just so much research to back it up.
The app for your Bella Leaf fitness tracker comes with guided meditations and meditation music built into it.
Plus it has some breathing exercises that you can do by clipping the Bella Leaf to your waistband.
The meditations are lovely and you can either listen to one of those to have the app track this automatically for you, or you can enter in your own meditation time.
Movement meditation is an option, and so if I’ve decided to just listen to calming music and be fully present on my walk with Takoda then I’ll track that too.
Just in case you’re not quite convinced yet that this is the fitness tracker for you, here’s my number one reason.
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#1 – It does something useful with your data so you know what it all means
So many fitness trackers are great at collecting data and giving you lots of numbers and trends – but what does it all mean?
How does it really impact your health?
This is where the Bella Leaf really shines.
Every day, based on your sleep, activity, mindfulness practices and where you’re at in your cycle, you get a “Stress Sensitivity” score.
What this score tells is you is your likelihood of having stressful events trigger you or impact your health. The higher the score, the more likely you’re experiencing negative physical and emotional effects of stress.
You can influence your score by maintaining a regular exercise routine, practicing mindfulness & meditation, and focusing on getting good quality sleep.
There’s no point in getting a bunch of numbers if you don’t do much with them, right? That’s where this stress sensitivity score brings it all together and shows you how to lower your risk of stress related illnesses.
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Here’s one more reason why you should consider this tracker
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The stress sensitivity score would be enough for me to recommend this fitness tracker, but all the other features just makes it even easier.
They have many more options now than when I got mine, so you can choose the one that will work best for you. Plus, there’s always the stealthy clip-it-to-your-bra option if it really doesn’t go with your outfit and you still want to keep gathering data.
One more quick thing
I use both the Bella Leaf and a smartwatch but here’s why I wear the Bela Leaf.
I like my smartwatch, don’t get me wrong, but I see it more as a personal assistant to help me during the day. The idea of being constantly connected and getting notifications from my phone stresses me out.
I like times where my phone usage is more on my terms. When I see a notification on my phone or get it pinged through to my watch – I have to deal with it in the moment.
My brain isn’t wired to be able to let that go.
So I wear my smart watch from 9 am until 7 pm when I get my reminder to post the gratitude prompt on my Instagram Stories.
But my leaf doesn’t send me messages or make me need to check my phone. Plus it’s battery life is 6 MONTHS because it doesn’t have a screen.
So many reasons to consider this fitness tracker as a great support for your overall wellness!
If you get one, share it to your Facebook or Instagram and tag me in it @TheUltimateLifeSurvivalGuide so I can share in your excitement, cheer you on and see which one you chose (maybe we’ll be leaf buddies!)