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Recalculating Steps in a Mile

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This morning I went over to the High School to try and refigure how many steps that I walk in a mile. When I did it last year, I came up with 2348 steps in a mile. I don't that is right so I went to try and recalculate. I walked around the track 4 times since it is a quarter mile track but apparently I was way off. Boy it was really a disaster, I came up with either 1500 or 1900 steps and that can't be right. My stride is just not that long. I am really short and I have a short stride. I usually take about 2 steps to my husband's 1. Oh well, I guess it is back to the drawing board and trying again next weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/17/2010 6:31PM

    It's interesting to read people's comments. I used to have an Omron and loved it. It died after about 4 years. Hope you figure out your answer!

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PENELOPE007 8/30/2010 7:13PM

    Ditto for Omron - it has been a terrific pedometer - so great I've given two away for birthday presents.

It motivates me to go the distance anywhere from 8000 to 11000 steps per day. I feel proud to make it part of my daily routine and think it has done more for my weight loss than any other activity other than logging my food and help from folks like you!

Amazon sells the Omron in many variations, but the $25.00 model is sufficient to accurately log your steps and distance. I wear mine daily! emoticon

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IILAAD65 7/5/2010 9:40AM

    I LOVE my Omron... my only criticism is that I can't see aerobic minutes the next day. That's the only stat it doesn't maintain for 7 days.

But I find it to be VERY accurate.

I like Blakbird's calculation though. I am going to try that!!

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/2/2010 4:48PM

    I am with BLAKBIRD... the pedometer really does a fine job. I have the OMRON and it does a great job. I've checked in a a variety of ways and it seems to do a pretty accurate job.... when I walk. If I run, the stride is different so it is not accurate when I run/jog.

My DH woudl be the person doing the counting. He counts EVERYTHING! LOL... Yeah. he is into math.

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JOKNOWS 6/25/2010 10:58PM

    I've seen estimates that say somewhere around 2,000 steps represents one mile. And it seems the the previous poster broke it down pretty good mathematically. Your pedometer just may not be registering each step.

emoticon Congrats on doing such a great job!

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BLAKBIRD 6/20/2010 10:36PM


Have you tried using a A pedometer to track the number of steps you take around that mile?. Once you have the number divide the distance (in inches 1 Mile = 63,360 inches) by the number of steps example 2,000 to get your average stride length.
Example 63,360 / 2,112 = 30

IMO a pedometer is by far the easiest way to track the number of steps you take, Unless you really like to count. shows several starting as low as $5.00

I found an Omron HJ-112 on ebay for less than $30 including shipping.

It does the following
Counts steps.
Calculates "Aerobic steps"
Shows the number of minutes in the aerobic range.
Calculates Calories burned
Shows the distance walked
Automatically resets to 0 at midnight
Remembers 7 days activity.

Note 1: I assume it determines if you're in the aerobic ranges based the number of steps you take in a second.
Note 2: The HJ-112 calculates the distance walked based on the stride length you enter. The more accurate your stride length the more accurate the distance walked is going to be.

I initially set my stride as 31.5 (an average adult male stride) walked around the middle school track 4 times, 2127 steps (63360 / 2127 = 29.84) then updated my stride in the HJ-112

Have fun.

The most intersting thing about the pedometer, is how far I walk back and forth to the restroom at work about 1/2 mile per day, something to do with those 8 cups of water...

Comment edited on: 6/20/2010 10:37:04 PM

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PHEBESS 6/20/2010 10:35PM

    Yeah, I come up with different numbers - but usually within 200 steps or so. I've averaged to come up with 2100 steps per mile for me - but I'm a bit taller that you are.

Other option - drive a route and clock 1 mile on your car. Then walk it, noting steps when starting and then finishing the route. The straighter the route, the easier to measure.

I think with the track, it makes a huge difference if you're on the inner or outer part of the ring.

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ILOVEROSES 6/20/2010 9:46PM

    That was a good exercise for you even if you didn't get the right numbers emoticon I'll be very interested in the final outcome. emoticon

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