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Bodyweight training is the new black

You want to move but don’t have the time? You don’t like gyms or fancy workout equipment? We’ve got you covered! There are ways to hit your cardio goals that don’t involve running miles and a lot of money. Bodyweight training is all you need!

Easy to do from home 

Performing the exercises in the comforts of your own home lets you adjust the intensity by doing them at your own pace and using your own range of motion. By doing bodyweight exercises you can engage more muscle fibers and extend your range of motion by simply changing the position of your feet or hands, depending on the exercise. Because there is no additional external weight involved, the pressure on your ankles and wrists is minimized.

Video workout 

Try this no equipment, do-anywhere cardio circuit that will spike your heart rate and help you burn some calories.

 

Psst – we’ve borrowed the workout from our new body and mind app Airi which can be downloaded here.

There are no excuses to shake your body from head to toe and wake up you ‘happiness hormones’. The only thing you need is a little space, comfortable clothes, a water bottle and your will. Soon, you’ll be addicted – it’s easy and fun for your body & mind.

Just be consistent and enjoy every move you make! Bodyweight exercises are essential and your body is all the equipment you need!

Have fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 16, 2017
ACTIVITY

Travel for the Soul – Four Places You Have To Visit

It’s officially the first day of summer, and that means vacation time. Vacations can be like chicken soup for the soul and they are great way to give your Leaf a work out. Remember, your health goes where you go. Here are four travel destinations we wanted to share and some of the amazing ways you can get in those health brownie points without having to start from scratch when you get home.

Paris, France

Paris, the city of love and lights, and one that needs no introduction. Paris has always been one of our favorite places to visit. Our preferred way of getting in some bonus health points in this glorious city is to ‘just be.’ With so much to see and do, it feeds the eyes, soul and of course, belly. Fresh baguettes, cheese, champagne, French people and…designer shopping! There’s no better place in the world for some ‘me’ time.

Horseshoe Bend, The Grand Canyon

Amazing places often lie on our doorstep. Horseshoe Bend in Arizona was named after the horseshoe-shaped Colorado River that bends through a deep canyon creating breathtaking vistas. Before we go on, just take a minute to take in that view……

Ok. Back to it.

You will need no extra motivation to go for a hike – the step count in your Leaf will practically increase by itself. And a long day of walking deserves one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see.

Bagan, Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a profoundly spiritual and captivating country that leaves an everlasting impression on anyone who visits. Bagan is an ancient city in central Myanmar just southwest of Mandalay. With meditation practices a part of everyday life for the local Burmese people, you’ll feel right at home tapping into your inner-self. Choose a meditation from your Leaf app or just freestyle it, and experience the true meaning of serenity.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

We love Amsterdam’s brick buildings, open skyline, rich history, and relaxed, easy going attitude towards life. Van Gogh, tulips, Anne Frank’s House are just some of the things that come to mind. And of course, bikes!

Bikes are to Amsterdam like wine is to Bordeaux. The city loves bikes, and there are supposedly more bikes than people in Amsterdam. In fact, forget about keeping a lookout for cars — it’s the bikes that will run you over. Seeing Amsterdam and its surroundings from a bike is something we definitely encourage you to do. And your body and Leaf will love you for it.

June 21, 2017
ACTIVITY

5-Minute Workout Video: Stretch & Relax

This no-equipment, do-it-anywhere stretch & relax routine is good for stress relief, hip and thoracic spine mobility and overall body stretch and muscle lengthening.

Stretching is an often overlooked part of fitness, but it should be included in your daily routine no matter if you’re practicing any activity or not.

Hours of sitting or standing in the same position forces our body to limit its range of motion and capabilities of movement. In this 5-minute video, you will get some of the basic movements and stretches that will release tension in your spine, hamstrings, quads, and hips. You will improve your range of motion, improve your breathing and thus release stress.

You can perform this exercises every day if you like, in the morning, after a long day, or before going to sleep. You just need a little space, a small pillow or Yoga block, a mat or a towel and 5 minutes.

June 14, 2017
ACTIVITY SPRING

Step up your hydration game with Bellabeat Spring

When it comes to health and hydration, we believe that there’s no one-size-fits-all rule. Your lifestyle habits are as unique as you are and so should be your guide towards living your healthiest.

 

That’s why we are dedicated to building health products that give women a holistic approach to their well-being and help them build their healthiest relationship – the one they have with themselves. Our products are designed to give you a complete and comprehensive overview of your health at all times, during every stage of your life. They go far beyond measuring data, they connect you with your body and mind and help you create healthy habits.

Driven by the desire to inspire a change in women’s lives that would allow you to live your best, we wanted to build an ecosystem of products that would serve you as a guide to a healthy lifestyle, motivate you to reach your goals and help you make a healthy lifestyle your way of life.

With Leaf, you can track your activity and progress throughout the day, monitor your sleep during the night, get valuable feedback on your monthly cycles and learn how your lifestyle habits affect your stress sensitivity and how to manage it with guided meditation.

We are more than excited to share with you what we’ve been working on for the past 12 months!

Meet Spring 

Proudly announcing Spring, Bellabeat’s smart water bottle and the first bottle powered by AI. Spring is designed to make hydration an effortless habit, improve your health and give you knowledge about your hydration habits. From where you live to how active you are, your body’s hydration needs are unique. We made a bottle that tracks your water intake and calculates your hydration goals based on your body’s needs.

Why hydration is our next chapter

Hydration is the foundation of one’s self-care. Almost 70% of our body is made of water and we can’t go longer than a couple of days without it. So how come it is always the last thing on our mind?

Busy lifestyles have led us to neglect and forget that by taking care of ourselves first we can be more productive, happier, healthier, and better in everything we do. The number one reason people say they’re not drinking enough water is: “I forgot.”

No more forgetting, no more guessing.

Spring makes sure you never forget to drink water with notifications that remind you to drink regularly based on your hydration goals. It tracks your water intake throughout the day and helps you develop a healthy hydration habit.

Spring comes with different options to accessorize it your way and we can’t wait to reveal you more.

 

Be the first one to get more exclusive info by signing up to our wait list here and let us know your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.

 

May 31, 2017
ACTIVITY

How counting steps motivates you to reach your goals

Little surprise when you look in your Leaf app and see that, in fact, you’ve reached your activity goal

There are days when you feel like you haven’t been active at all and you get a nice little surprise when you look in your Leaf app and see that, in fact, you’ve reached your activity goal.

Sometimes walking or sightseeing may not seem like physical exercise but they do a lot of good for your body and health. Then there are those days, of course, when you feel like you’ve hit your 10 000 step goal and it turns out you’re really only half way there (due to running on the treadmill and forgetting to put music on, so it seems like we’ve been running for an eternity). Does this sound familiar? 🙂

Luckily, with your trusty Leaf there’s no second guessing anymore. Monitoring your progress regularly motivates you to continue with your decision to move more and be healthier. And being consistent helps you get in shape faster. Counting your steps is a good way to keep track of your active time during the day, learn which activities bring you closer to your goals, and let’s admit it – it’s pretty good motivation!

There’s no better feeling than hitting your daily goal. Sometimes it will even happen without visiting the gym so you will learn that every activity counts!

But how much should you strive to reach? Are 10 000 steps an ideal goal for everybody?

Setting your goal varies on a lot of things. We’ve touched on this in one of our previous blog post and you can read the entire article here.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults should strive for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week, or an equivalent combination of both.

– World Health Organization –

How to set your goals?

  • Think about the short-term and long-term goals you want to achieve

  • Start gradually increasing the number of steps you are currently making

  • Find the best activity that works for you. It will be much easier to motivate yourself to be more active if you are doing an activity you actually enjoy

  • Be proud of your achievements

Start with baby steps

If you’re just starting to get more active, it’s important to start with baby steps. Think about your day and which part of the day you could use to be more active. For instance, do you live close to your office? How about replacing a drive with a walk? If you have to travel to work, think about parking a bit further and walking 15 minutes to your office. When you start taking care of how much you move, you will see how addictive the step counting can be. Be warned: you could catch yourself checking your step count in the Leaf app just before going to bed and find yourself walking around the house to make up the last 500 steps. Been there, done that! 🙂

Move it your way

If you’re already quite active, a goal of 10 000 steps may seem too little. Everybody’s different and Leaf gives you the option to set personal goals and get reminders to urge you along. It’s important to start at the level you are at and find a strategy that works for you. Explore different activities to get those extra steps and chase your goals.

Sync it

How often do you sync your Leaf? There’s no right or wrong answer here. When it comes to counting steps – we believe that every step and every activity counts, so it’s perfectly understandable if you want to know about every step you take towards your well-being goal.

Share your progress

Sometimes, when we tell someone about something or we post online, it just becomes real. Posting your progress on social media can benefit you and your friends as well. You will feel proud of yourself and receive extra support while achieving your goals, and your friends may feel motivated to start doing the same.

Sharing your progress from your Leaf app is easy. Just click on the Share button in the app to share a motivational quote or choose the photo from your library that you wish to post with your progress.

What’s your daily activity goal? Do you find our sharing cards motivational? We would like to hear your feedback or any suggestions on how to make your Leaf app even better and more inspiring!

April 19, 2017