I have been using the Bellabeat fitness tracker for 10 days and have been absolutely loving it! I had ogled Bellabeat for 2 – 3 years since it first came out, and have always been attracted to it because it’s a fitness tracker meant for women, rather than a men’s fitness tracker coloured pink. Not only is it attractive and can be worn like jewellery (which I absolutely love!), but it’s also geared towards women’s health concerns like menstruation, meditation, and stress.
I’ve been continually improving with how I use this fitness tracker so I wanted to share with you how you can get the most out of it. This post directly refers to Bellabeat, but many of the principles can be carried over to other fitness trackers.
I also wanted to mention that this is not a sponsored post. I just really love my Bellabeat and wanted to share with you how you can get the most out of yours.
Calibrate Your Settings
As soon as you get your Bellabeat you should calibrate your settings to ensure accurate readings from your fitness tracker. The app uses your age, weight, and height to calculate your activity and how many steps you’ve taken. As your stats change you’ll want to go back into the app to update them to keep your readings accurate.
If you’re using the menstrual cycle tracking you will want to keep that updated more regularly to ensure accurate predictions.
Your next step is to set your goals. I recommend waiting a couple of days before setting them. That way you have a baseline and can set your goals around those.
Start with goals just above your baseline and build off of them so you can continue to improve. I have a few walking plans from aggressive to gradual pinned here, here, and here to give you an idea of how you can set your goals.
Your goals aren’t just for walking. You’ll also want to set goals for sleeping, meditation, and activity. These goals are only as helpful as you make them. Pay attention to them every day, and use them to help you reach your overall fitness goals.
Bellabeat has a few different alarms available to bet set. You can set an alarm to remind you to wake up, take your vitamins, take your birth control pill, or any kind of alarm you would like.
These alarms will vibrate your Bellabeat to remind you to do whatever it is the alarm is set for. It is important to keep in mind that there is no display or phone alert that pairs with this option, you simply need to remember what the alert is for based on the time. I thought there would be a pairing with the app to show you what the alarm is, but currently that option is not available.
Wear it in the Correct Position
Bellabeat provides the most accurate readings when it is worn on the shirt, but it can also be worn clipped to your pants, as a necklace, or as a bracelet. If you’re wearing it as a bracelet make sure to place it on your non-dominant hand to avoid overzealous readings.
I have heard of other Bellabeat users finding that there clip starts to loosen after a while. Those people recommend to remove the clip and gently bend it back into a tighter position, I haven’t personally tried this yet but I will if I find that it starts to fall off when I clip it to my shirt. If you are thinking of doing this proceed with caution.
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Use the Inactivity Alert
This is one of my favourite parts of the Bellabeat. You can set your inactivity alert to vibrate after a few hours of inactivity that ranges from 4 to 1 hours. Again, the important thing is to actually use this feature.
As many of you know, I love Fab Fit Fun, and they recently came out with FFF TV. Since I’m more sedentary working from home then I used to be, I switch to FFF TV whenever my inactivity alarm goes off.
They have lots of workouts including yoga, toning, bootcamp, barre, pilates, and cardio all in different lengths. Depending on my activities for the day and what I’m wearing I may choose a quick 5 – 10 minute workout, while other times I’ll opt for a longer 30 min+ workout.
One of the things I really liked about Bellabeat compared to other fitness trackers is that there is a meditation component. To get the most out of this option you can set a meditation alarm to go off at a time that works for you and use one of their guided meditations to help keep you on track. I try to do a short mediation in the morning, and again at night. I generally only hit this goal once or twice a week, but I definitely notice the difference when I do.
Included with the app are lots of guided meditations which are great for newbies or people like me that don’t like to do it alone. The guided meditations are great for de-stressing, focusing on the present moment, deep sleep, and so much more. They also have breathing exercises and the ability to log a meditation manually if you like to meditate by yourself or with other apps like Headspace.
Menstrual Cycle Tracking
This part of the app is great for women wanting to stay on top of their period either for birth control methods, trying to conceive, or general peace of mind. As I said before it is important to keep the stats up to date to ensure accuracy, but this option can help if you are wanting to avoid, or make the most out of fertile days.
I have been using Bellabeat for less than one menstrual cycle so I don’t know how accurate it is, but I plan on using it to help with natural birth control by measuring fertile days, also referred to as natural family planning. I have been thinking about doing a blog post about birth control options and the effect on our bodies. Let me know if you’re interested in a post like that in the comments below.
Pair With Other Health/Fitness Apps
Although Bellabeat itself does not pair with very many apps, you can can update other apps at the same time as syncing and checking in with Bellabeat. It can be hard to create new habits, but it’s easier to replace or add to an existing habit. If you’re already good at syncing and checking in with your Bellabeat, then it should be fairly easy to update other apps as well.
As I’ve mentioned previously I really like using a Drink Water app. Over the last few months I’ve fallen out of the habit of using it, but since getting the Bellabeat app and using that, I’ve found it easy to start updating the Drink Water app as well. You could carry this habit to any other app you want to get into the habit of using. Perhaps you like to track what you eat, or map your run, you can update these apps at the same time you check in with Bellabeat.
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Bellabeat is great at taking feedback into consideration. I’ve seen people give feedback on Bellabeat’s blog posts to have the changes suggested added to the app a few months later. If you have any suggestions for new activities to add, or anything else make sure you reach out to them through their blog posts, or social media, and you may see your suggestion added in the next app update.
There you have it, 9 tips for getting the most out of your Bellabeat fitness tracker. As I’ve said, I’ve only had my tracker for 10 days, but I’m really happy with it so far and have already noticed a difference in my awareness and drive to be more active.
If you have any other tips about getting the most out of your fitness tracker than please leave me your tips below!