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10/2/13 6:39 A

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JAUDON, 2 steps isn't much at all. Glad you found a way that works for you.

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10/1/13 9:26 P

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When I'm using the treadmill normally, it tracks just fine. It's only when I'm using it as a desk (and my hands are stable and rested on my laptop) that it doesn't pick up proper movements.

I tried today using it both on my shoe and on my waistband near my hip. Both were pretty similar, and seemed pretty accurate (I synced, counted 100 steps, and synced again) - the shoe method was under by 6 steps, and the hip was over by 2. So, I'm going to use it on my hip when I'm using the treadmill as a desk. I don't really care if it's a perfect count - it seems to be getting a pretty accurate estimation.

Thanks for all your help!

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10/1/13 7:12 P

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When I was using Omron pedometers people would attach to the shoe, etc to record biking. Omron tracked pretty well on treadmill. I don't do either so my FitBit One is just what the doctor ordered.

Hope you can somehow find a way to get credit for all you do. Let us know.

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10/1/13 5:14 P

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Another reason to get and stick with the One.. as has been pointed out, there are no fitbit's including the Flex that should be worn on the ankle. That's amazingly sad that you have trouble with your Flex on the treadmill!

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10/1/13 12:14 P

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I have a Zip. And nothing registers when I cycle unless I put it on the hem of my shorts. Then it registers one step for every full revolution. I think that ends up being pretty accurate. It estimates calorie burn slightly under what SP says cycling burns.

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10/1/13 12:02 P

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You could test and see. On the fitbit forum I read there can be a problem with the fitbit picking up very slow walking on a treadmill desk. But if you do that, make an activity record (same method as sleep tracking) to capture an hour or so of your treadmill desk time and look up the calorie burn you could reasonably expect walking at that pace. The thing is worn on the ankle it is likely to overestimate the activity, it might work out in this case or it might overestimate. You are looking at an off label use, but it doesn't hurt to test it and see if it solves your problem.

A friend wears her fitbit one on her sock when cycling she did say that the fitbit gives her an inflated calorie burn compared to her heart rate monitor doing this so she always manually logs her hrm calorie burn. She doesn't use Spark so the spark exercise minutes/calories isn't a factor for her. I guess she likes to get a step per peddle. But she did say it consistently overestimates this way in her experience (assuming her HRM is right, but I think I would trust an hrm more for cycling than a fitbit).

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10/1/13 11:54 A

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I had a BodyBugg, too! Mine was squirrelly and after a month or so, I got a refund.

I also had an 'Up' -- which was refunded (they still make them but apparently their first huge 'batch' were defective.

No wonder I like Fitbit so well, given that track record!

I'm glad you mentioned the pushing a shopping trolley, etc. I tend to get VERY much higher counts when I shop (cos I'm walking all over!). Hrm, I may be best with the One but as you say, I like the idea of it just looking like a bracelet, discreet.

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10/1/13 11:43 A

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Thanks for the tips. I will try wearing near the hip, to see if that gets a more accurate count.

And Lily - I love the Flex! I've never had the One or Ultra, but I did have a BodyBugg when they first came out (and it was enormous!!) It seems very accurate, and I love how discreet it is. The only problem I've had is that it doesn't count accurately when my hands are holding still - using this treadmill desk, pushing a grocery cart, pushing my baby in the stroller, etc. I'm getting pretty good at one-handed grocery cart pushing though ;)

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10/1/13 11:29 A

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I don't have a Flex (I would love to hear more about your experience with it, cos I think that I may get one next).

I had 6 Fitbits (on 2nd One, 4 Ultras) and I try to wear mine on my hip bone. I put it on the front of my nightdress when I sleep but otherwise I feel being near the hip works well.

I wonder if you can try clipping it on a belt loop or putting it in a pocket? I'm not a big pocket-wearer, you may not be, too. I'm thinking hip.

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i asked and they do they do not recommend wearing on the ankle. I would have gotten it if it could be worn that way but as of this point it is reconnemded wrist only

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10/1/13 11:04 A

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When I ride an exercise bike, my steps aren't registered, so I put my Fitbit (I think it's the One, I can never remember) on my shorts, hooked on the hem. I don't see why putting the Flex on your ankle would be much different.

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10/1/13 11:01 A

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I know that's not the right way to wear a Flex. But, I've got a new treadmill desk (LOVE IT), and when Im using my laptop or reading, it won't register movement while on my wrist. So, I've been strapping it on my shoe, just for those times. I did a little test and it seemed to actually underestimate number of steps. Just curious if anyone else has used it on your ankle or shoe, and if you thought it worked out well for you? Thanks :)

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