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August 5, 2013 11:14 AM
Anyone out there wear the fitbit flex on their leg instead of their arm? The only reason I ask this is because yesterday I went to one of the local renaissance faires in my area and walked around for about 5 hours. Granted it wasn't a fast walk, but it only recorded a total of just over 5,000 steps for my whole day. That's got to be off. And I'm assuming it was because I was carrying things and not "swinging" my arm as I walked.

So I was thinking maybe wearing it on the leg would be a better read of how active I am? Obviously, if I'm walking/running/exercising, my legs are going to be moving...but my arms may not be if I'm carrying/pushing things.

Has anyone tried this?
August 5, 2013 4:41 PM
Good idea... I might try that.
August 5, 2013 4:49 PM
Thought of that. I had a stroke and my legs are moving more the my arms would be!
August 5, 2013 5:37 PM
I've had fitbits since they came to the UK... However, I never purchased the flex because I don't think that a pedometer can be accurate when worn on your wrist... & every day more & more people are saying they don't think it's accurate & not picking up their steps properly...

I have the one. & it's very accurate with my walking & running!!...

Hope wearing it on your leg sorts this out though...
August 5, 2013 9:51 PM
Yup I use the large band for my ankle when I bike ride since my wrist isn't moving :)
August 12, 2013 4:46 PM
I was debating between the Flex and the One. I emailed the fitbit company and asked them about wearing the Flex on my ankle rather than my wrist since I'm almost always carrying a child or pushing a stroller. I was told that I could wear it on my ankle, but that they don't recommend it as it wouldn't be as accurate. It's designed to work on the wrist, not ankle.

I loved the idea of the flex, the ankle would have been perfect if it could work there :(
June 19, 2014 2:49 AM
Great question! I'm so glad I found this thread. Yesterday I wore my Fitbit One on my ankle instead of clipped to my shoulder on my shirt. I'd been pretty upset that it didn't track biking, because that's what I really enjoy over jogging. Well yesterday I got over 30 active minutes. I only get active minutes when jogging or walking briskly. I'll add we were showing our house that day so I was cleaning all around. Also, I am a very fast walker. Or really do things at a faster pace than most. Anyway, I'm trying again today to see how it works.

-- Does anyone know why when I work out and expend calories on Fitbit it won't let me go negative in MFP even though I changed the settings to allow that?

June 19, 2014 3:01 AM
If you're concerned about your step count accuracy, contact Flex support. Perhaps you have a defective unit.

They specifically state do not wear the Flex on your ankle:
June 19, 2014 4:36 AM
i put it in the sock when i go grocery shopping otherwise an hour walk while pushing the cart it will log as like 200 steps ....
ummm no thats just to get in the door...

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