Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor Review {Fitness Gadget}

How are you doing with your New Years Resolutions? The majority of us would have included something about our health, diet or weight. Whether it’s to lose weight or to improve our fitness. Well, I slipped, I forgot. A busy life makes it hard to maintain these goals unless I have a little help. Which is why I turned to the Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor for help.

In this post I’m reviewing the Beets Blue Heart Rate Monitor. I also want to share with you how I’m trying to achieve my fitness goals and also include a review of the Beets Blu heart rate monitor, so you can decide whether it’ll help you achieve your goals too.

You may have read recently that I trialed Nutribuddy for a month, which helped to achieve healthy eating goals and to look at food differently other than ‘life is one big buffet’. The other aim for this year has been to improve my fitness, I’ve not been very motivated to do this, so I hoped with the help of Beets Blu it can encourage me to get off my butt, make the time to exercise and analyse my progress.

For the last couple of months I’ve been learning to dance in the evenings. Hip-hop, because I’m a bit cool. More so for fun than fitness. But when I received my Beets Blu I thought ‘oh, I’m going to have to put some real effort into exercising’. I didn’t feel up to it. Not realizing dance is a workout, walking to the shop or park is exercise and a full day out at the zoo certainly makes my legs jiggle and my forehead sweat.

So I strapped on my Beets Blu and went about my daily business. I obviously didn’t wear it all day, otherwise it’d pick up the amount of sitting I do. But when we were heading out for the day which involved plenty of walking and every evening when I threw some shapes to the latest beat, I had Beets Blu strapped tightly to my chest.

Having something that monitored my fitness made me more determined to put effort into exercise, not take a break, attempt to beat the amount of calories I burnt last time. The best kind of competition is the one you have with yourself.

Achieving (1)

So here’s all the info you need before you decide if Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor is for you

The monitor is incredibly lightweight and straps around your chest (under our bra for us ladies) using poppers to connect. It’s so discreet, nobody even knows I’m wearing it!

It connects incredibly easily to your smart phone or tablet and can be synced with other Beets products (like their scales which I’ll be popping in my Amazon basket). Once you’ve downloaded the app and switched your Bluetooth on, Beets Blue HRM connects automatically, I know, it’s that easy. Then it records your heart rate and informs you of the amount of calories you’re burning whilst you exercise.

Each exercise is stored and named, so you can go back and check out which workout gave you the best results. This also helps you to try and achieve better results next time, if you want to that is, like I said your own competition is the best kind.

While I’m dancing I’m doing so with more energy and effort, when I glance at my phone and see those calories being burned at a rate of ten twerks per minute, I feel like I’m not just having fun, but I’m achieving my fitness goals too.

I’ve also worn it while cleaning the house and let me tell you, hoovering, scrubbing and dusting burns more calories than you think. Emptying the dishwasher doesn’t count though I’m afraid, I’ve tried it. Not even a flicker in my heart rate.

The app itself is user-friendly with options to view your heart rate while exercising, your previous workouts, target zones which lets you know if you’re working too hard or not hard enough (based on your heart rate) giving you the optimum workout, activity vs weight and the settings where you input all of your information.

Features:

  • Wireless transmission of your heart rate to your Smart device
  • Compatible with the majority of Smart phones
  • Accurate continuous heart rate readings and reliable connection with up to a 10 meter range
  • Discrete and lightweight design
  • Easily adjustable straps with simple fastenings
  • The chance to review workouts
  • Compatible with many other fitness apps to help you achieve and monitor your goals

Beets Blu in use

This is an example of a workout I’ve recently done. These pictures show my heart rate before, during and after the exercise, including 10 minutes post-workout. You can also see how many calories I burned during the workout, which was dancing, also the final picture shows the overall results and in which points during the workout did I push hard.

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Now I’ve been using the Beets Blue HRM regularly I’ve found it incredibly useful for maintaining my fitness and fat-burning workouts. The results will be there in the long run as with everything, results take time and effort. Thanks to this monitor I can gauge my workouts, see what works best for me and also keep motivated to push myself everyday with some form of exercise. Cleaning counts, as does walking, if you fancy taking it easier some days.

The price is £25.95 on Amazon, which you can find here. The price is probably more expensive than I’d like to pay, but when I looked into it, many other HRM’s cost around the same. Can you put a price on fitness?

Yes, yes you can, it’s £25.95.

Would I recommend it?

If you’re serious about wanting to increase your fitness and lose weight, I really would recommend this as your motivation to push yourself. If you’re not too fussed about fitness goals or losing weight and you’re content, I envy that, but this probably isn’t for you.

You don’t need to be a workout addict to use this, all you need are fitness goals and willpower, then you’re all set.


The Heart Rate Monitor was kindly gifted to me for the purpose of this review. Everything that you see written is based on my own experience and opinion.


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15 Comments

  1. May 17, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Hi there, that was a really interesting read. I should look into getting this for myself.

  2. May 17, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I never think of dancing as exercise as Ienjoy it so much lol x

  3. May 17, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    I like the sound of this. I’ve been trying for ages to get more fitter and healthier since having Blake.

    • firstooth
      May 17, 2016 / 5:17 pm

      It’s so difficult when you’re a mum but I’m starting an exercise which only takes half an hour each evening, which I can attempt to make time for. Although I’d much rather spend half an hour sitting in a dark room in absolute silence!

  4. May 17, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I deliberately didnt set health goals and since i dont do resolutions I am all good lol
    But I am loving fitness monitor, I too tried Nutribuddy and it helped me and now looking to start it again.

  5. May 17, 2016 / 8:16 pm

    I think this could motivate me more than MyMaps does to be honest, whilst I do a bit of walking, I need a kick up the butt x

    • firstooth
      May 17, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Beets syncs to MyMaps too. It is a good motivation but I like that you’re already using MyMaps x

  6. May 18, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    This looks great but one thing I would like from a fitness monitor would be that it incorporates a watch. I have a fitbug and it frustrates me that it doesn’t have one

    • firstooth
      May 18, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Unfortunately this one doesn’t have it and it’d be in an awkward position if it did. There are a few new watch brands which include this now

  7. May 18, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    That’s an interesting thing to use. I use an app on my phone and has just purchased a pedometer. But I think this could be very accurate. Thanks for sharing, if the pedometer fails me, I’ll be looking at one of these instead.

    • firstooth
      May 18, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      There’s so many gizmos and gadgets for this kind of thing that I always become confused. I like the idea of a pedometer but I’ve heard mixed reviews, they’re a great incentive to achieve those 10000 steps we’re all meant to be taking (but perhaps don’t every day)

  8. May 19, 2016 / 9:42 am

    I think gadgets can really help us on our fitness journeys as they encourage is to do more as we can see the results!

  9. May 21, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    This is great – I don’t exercise but I absolutely love dancing – this would be really interesting to use. Kaz x

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