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As for your stride, keep in mind that it's going to vary anyway so don't get too caught up in trying to get 'exact measurements' - when you go faster or slower, uphill or downhill, smooth surface or rough surface, your stride will adjust to each change. It will also change as you lose or gain weight [even when 'gain weight' means you're carrying a heavier backpack!!]. That's why I think it's a lot more useful to count STEPS rather than trying to get a super-accurate accounting of mileage.
With that said, I've tried different methods to measure my stride - I used to take 10 steps but then was told that taking more steps would be better. I have also walked a pre-measured distance and looked to see how many steps registered. If you live near a school with a track, that's a good place to do it.
As long as I'm on the topic of 'accuracy,' I want to point out that some pedometers tend to overcount and others tend to undercount steps! It's not just the BRAND of pedometer but also how/where you wear it, your own style of walking/running and even your body shape that can affect it. I read a study that showed people with larger waists or wearing the drop-waist type of pants often had the pedometer at an angle instead of perpendicular to the ground, which could throw it off. When all of that was taken into account, the most accurate brand seemed to be Omron but as they say, "your results may vary."
Hope this helps!
Lynda in Orange County, So Calif
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