Yes, most pedometers enable you to set your specific stride length.
But rather than trying to measure a single step (which can get distorted with stopping and starting), I'd recommend measuring out a significant distance (1/2 mile plus) and counting how many steps. Fitness maps or mapmywalk.com are useful for this.
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4/26/13 6:07 A
I'm 5'3" and have to take 2,400 steps for a mile (very short legs!)
My husband is about 6'1' and takes less than 2,000 for a mile (can't remember the exact number, maybe 1900ish?)
2,000 is a good estimate but might want to go a bit higher if you are on the shorter end, like me :)
Depending on the pedometer, there should be a setting where you can set the stride length so it's accurate as possible for your individual gait.
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9,691 4/25/13 11:20 P
It depends on your stride, but yes, approximately 2,000 steps equals a mile for the average person. However, measuring would be your best bet.
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