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How many steps is a mile

# How many steps is a mile

If you ask 10 different people 10 different ways, you'll get 10 different answers. For the sake of simplicity, in this post I try to boil it down to an easy-to-remember formula. Of course, the figures we've quoted are average ones based upon study participants as a whole. There are ways of working out a more accurate figure for you, which we will go into in this article. When we calculate how many steps make up a mile, it is important to give due consideration to your personal stride length. To give an example, the stride of a 7ft tall runner will be longer than that of a 4ft person of shorter stature enjoying a casual walk. And, therefore, the number of steps in a mile will vary.

## MILE

So, what were the results? Well, the average number of steps required to run/walk a mile ranged from 1,064 steps for a six-minute-mile pace in men to 2,310 steps for a 20-minute-per-mile walk in women. Of note was that on average, individuals took more steps while jogging a 12-minute mile than while walking a 15-minute mile (1,951 against 1,935 steps, respectively). The researchers commented that this finding was likely related to the smaller distance between steps that people tend to take while jogging at the slower speed (12-minute miles) compared to walking at a 15-minute-per-mile pace.Of course, the figures we've quoted are average ones based upon study participants as a whole. There are ways of working out a more accurate figure for you, which we will go into in this article. When we calculate how many steps make up a mile, it is important to give due consideration to your personal stride length. To give an example, the stride of a 7ft tall runner will be longer than that of a 4ft person of shorter stature enjoying a casual walk. And, therefore, the number of steps in a mile will vary.

Our steps to miles calculator and the charts below use data from a 2008 research study of one-mile step counts at walking and running speeds, published in ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. In the study, the researchers set out to find out the number of steps individuals took at various speeds of walking and running. They then examined the differences for men and women and extrapolated the data out for individual heights. It's important to note that all people studied were regarded as being of 'normal weight'. You can use a mobile app such as MapMyWalk that will count your steps and measure a mile with your phone's GPS at the same time. However, the mile distance can be off by 10 percent using GPS. For better accuracy, choose a place to walk that is in an open area with a clear view of the sky and no twists or turns. GPS signals travel between your phone and multiple satellites in orbit. They can get confused by buildings, trees, and hillsides, resulting in less accurate distance measurement. (Source: www.verywellfit.com)

## WALK

10000 steps a day or 4 to 5 miles is an excellent goal and will really benefit your health. The average American only walks 3000 to 4000 steps a day so anything above this level is an improvement. Current health guidelines are 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise a week such as brisk walking. That’s less than 3000 steps a day at 16 min/mile pace. Add this to your everyday general walking and aim for at least 6000 steps a day, 2.5 to 3 miles. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average American gets in 3,000 to 4,000 steps each day (that's probably lower than ideal, for the record). Whether you're into tracking your daily steps or not, knowing how many steps you take each day and how far you've traveled can be great indicators of your overall health. The concept of step tracking can be a great way to have a baseline understanding about how active you are overall—from walks, to runs, to other types of workouts, the number your pedometer spits out is a reflection of everything you do.

To find a measured mile, you can use a regulation quarter-mile track at a local school. You may have to ask the coach to ensure it is a quarter-mile track (1,320 feet) rather than a 400-meter track (1,308 feet). Walk in the inside lane only. Count your steps. It’s best to go around four times to get a full mile on a quarter-mile track, so you won’t need to do any math. For a 400 meter track, go around four times and multiply your steps by 1.009. Most pedometers request that you enter your stride length during setup in order to calculate distance based on your step count. An average that you will see listed in many places is 2.2 feet (0.67 meters) for women and 2.5 feet (0.762 meters) for men, but it depends very much on height. Steps per mile would be 5,280 feet divided by your stride length in feet. A pedometer takes the number you have entered as stride length and divides a mile by that number to calculate the distance you have walked. (Source: fitness-resources.com)

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