5 Clever Ways to Wear a Fitness Tracker on Your Ankle

Wearable technology is a growing trend in the fitness industry. One of the most innovative pieces is the ankle monitor that tracks your progress and provides real-time data. You can access this data through your smartphone and see stats immediately. You can sync your device to your phone through Bluetooth. 

Since fitness ankle monitors are not bulky or heavy like other wearables and can track progress with advanced precision, they have gained popularity in recent years. When wearing a fitness tracker, people can achieve the best balance between style and comfort by wearing ankle monitors creatively.

Ankle Fitness Trackers: 5 Clever Ways To Wear Them

There are ingenious ways to wear ankle monitors for fitness trackers. Many companies now offer removable cores, which you can carry with you or wear along with the original band. Especially ankle monitors are designed to be worn on your ankles, so you will have plenty of room to adjust them according to your preference. Even if you wear it with the band, you can have fun styling it.

Faux-cuff method

There is the “faux-cuff” method, where an ankle monitor is placed inside the cuff of a pant leg or jacket for those who don’t want an unsightly band around their ankle all day. This method requires you to be a little handy with a needle and have some stitching skills. 

You don’t need to be a pro in stitching to do this. However, if you are nervous and don’t want to wreck your favorite pair of joggers, you can always pull up a tutorial on youtube on how to unhem a stitch and some basic stitching patterns. 

You can choose to make a cut on the sides or at the back of your pants; this way, any unflattering cuts or stitches can be out of plain sight. There is a chance you might have to re-alter the hemlines a little higher if you choose to adjust the clothing directly. 

The other alternative is to stitch another material to the lower portion of your pants, and this newly added material can be the pocket space to place your tracker in. This method keeps your pants the same length as before, although slightly bulkier. 

If you choose to go ahead with the Faux-cuff method, you would want quick and easy access to the tracker on your clothes. Velcro straps, buttons, or even a zip line can be sewn inside along the hemlines. Don’t forget to leave plenty of pocket space to place your tracker. 

Concealing the tracker

Many fitness trackers now come in removable cores, which is easier if you don’t want to wear a wristband. You can detach the core and carry it in your pockets. If you want the tracker closer to your ankles, placing them inside your shoes or pants with pockets near your ankles is best.

The best way to wear a fitness tracker without being noticeable would be to slip the tracker into your shoes or socks. At the same time, placing it on the sides of the heels outside your sock may be more comfortable. It may feel a little uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of the sensation of having a tracker inside your shoes. 

If you want to conceal the trackers but not inside your shoes, you can wear pants with pockets near the ankles. Cargo pants are a good choice as they have more extra pockets and are closer to the ankles. 

Word to the wise, unless your shoes feel snug, any moderate to strenuous movement activity like running in slightly loose shoes runs the risk of the tracker falling out.  

Bracelet band

Another fun way to style your fitness tracker is to make a bracelet band. They are easy to make than they sound. You can make them in different styles for each occasion and change them now and then. 

You can make the bracelet from scratch or buy a bracelet from the store. Many Etsy shops make beautiful, unique pieces, and you can either contact the seller to custom add in a placement pocket or add it yourself. 

If you make a bracelet yourself, you can look up bracelet designs or templates online as a guide. Remember, the bracelet is to hold in or act like a cover around your tracker, so measure more for length and materials than mentioned in the tutorials. 

Measure out the dimensions of your tracker. Too big a size will make the bracelet bounce when walking, which can be a nuisance. In comparison, a tight fit can be uncomfortable and create band marks on your skin.  

You can make your bracelets in different designs, materials, lace, leather bands, or even crochet. Ensure your tracker is securely fastened inside. You can add a clasp button for added security. 

Scrunchie band 

The VSCO girl trend may have ended but what it leaves behind is a timeless scrunchie band. You can personalize your ankle trainer or fitness tracker with a scrunchie-style band. You only need a few pieces of fabric and elastic to make the scrunchie, or grab a pair of scissors and scrunchie and get started. 

The easiest method is to get a scrunchie of your choice. Cut the hair tie at the stitching point and remove the elastic inside. Detach the fitness band’s straps and insert them inside the fabric of the scrunchie hair tie. Remember to adjust the strap to your size before putting it in the scrunchie. Once this is done, you can give a few simple stitches at the sides to secure its place or just re-attach the straps to the core.

If you wish to make it from scratch, you will need at least 1 yard of fabric, elastic, and threads. Any tutorial on scrunchie making on Youtube works fine. Make sure you keep the strap lugs of the tracker band in place, as we will be stitching the fabric to it. If your fitness tracker doesn’t come with detachable straps, you might not be able to try this method.

Clip ons

We have suggested many creative ways to stylize and personalize your trackers, but we know not all of us are adept with DIY (do it yourself) projects. Not a problem. We have got you covered. 

Whether you don’t have the time to sit down and craft away or hate the bulky feel of a band and straps around your feet, the next best thing for you would be a clip on. This small device is specially designed to securely place the tracker and keep it hooked onto your clothes wherever the placement may be. 

If you want to place the tracker near your ankles, you can clip it onto the sides of your socks. Some even prefer to clip it to the tongue of the shoe or on the loop of the shoelaces and tuck it inside the shoe. 

Aside from learning all these relaxed and fun ways of wearing a fitness tracker on your ankle, you ought to be wondering these questions:

Why are we using a fitness tracker around our ankles? 

There are so many things on your wrist, from your watch to bracelets and a fitness tracker. Fitness Tracker Wristbands are great too, but some people like having a clean accessory-free wrist; that is when ankle trackers come in. 

These ready-to-wear ankle monitors/ trackers are also designed to keep you stylish and active. Many athletes are now moving to ankle-based fitness wearables to monitor their performance. Accurately tracking actions like strides, jumps, and even underwater activities is becoming a quick favorite among health enthusiasts. 

Are Fitness trackers uncomfortable to wear on ankles?

It becomes a matter of personal preference, but on a general note, they are just as simple and pleasant to wear as a wrist fitness tracker. There are many reasons why people would opt to wear an ankle-based tracker- it could be a professional reason or simple issues like outfit clashes. 

Some individuals prefer ankles as they believe it tracks their movements more accurately. For whatever reason, they are very comfortable, and you will barely feel their presence. 

How long can we wear a fitness tracker on our ankles? 

There is no specific period or maximum limit to wearing a fitness tracker. You can use them like any other wristband and bracelet. If you want to monitor your daily activity throughout the day, you can opt for a product that feels comfortable on your skin. 

Some materials are coarse and rough on the skin too. Choose a material that moves with you, which is flexible and won’t chafe your ankles when moving. 


Monitoring your fitness level from the ankle level has some significant benefits. They’re comfortable to wear and easy to attach, but they also offer much more accurate data than wrist monitors. You can wear them if you want a little more activity or track your total steps taken in a day. What are you waiting for? Grab a fitness tracker and get moving!

Niklas Lampi

My name is Niklas Lampi and I work as a fitness writer, nutritional consultant and personal trainer. My favourite exercise is the bench press and my favourite food is pizza!

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