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4/13/17 10:01 A

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Wow, just commented a few minutes ago elsewhere, on the sparkpeople blog about calculating how many steps in a mile - I'm 5'3" and one leg is 28" inseam and other is like 27.5... and years ago with the old style step-counter pedometer we had to readjust it for around a 26" foot stride length? I forgot exact number. And I've had walking buddies in the past same height but longer inseam, but I was almost having to run to stay "in step" with the longer legged gal... I rely on being in step in order to Lipread conversation. I suppose hearing people don't worry if they are not perfectly or at least reasonably in step with their walking or running buddies because they can hear what is being said??

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4/13/17 9:41 A

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YES - inseam matters much more than height. I am only 5'4" but I wear a 32" inseam and my stride is closer to 29" than the 24" fitbit wanted to assign me based on height.

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4/11/17 2:16 P

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Hi there,

My name is Joe and I work at SparkPeople. We thought this was such an interesting discussion that we went ahead and turned it into a post: http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?p
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1/27/17 1:35 P

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I've messed with the stride length in the past, with other trackers in the days before FB (FitBit, not Facebook)...and one thing I noticed that in my neighborhood, my stride also varies with the terrain. Our house is located on the top of a curvy road, so a lot of my walk is either going up a slight hill or going down the hill. I'd noticed that my steps per mile in my neighborhood averaged less per mile then my steps per mile on a track like at the YMCA where it is "perfectly level" (so to speak - I'm sure an engineer could make a more accurate judgement on how level the track was built, especially as the ones in our area are usually elevated above and around the gymnasium basketball/volleyball courts etc.).

The other thing I've noticed is that regardless of what I'm using, or even sometimes wearing or using three or more devices: my SparkPeople Activity Tracker, my RunKeeper phone app which supposedly tracks steps inside the phone (whether or not I have SPAT or FitBit connected to it), my older FitBit Ultra (before it died), or my new FitBit Charge HR - all of the devices come up with various numbers. (Thus the term: "Random Number Generator". These days, many of the apps that "count your steps" will want to send/receive data to the default iPhone Apple Health app - and I notice any app like that, after a walk, will immediately pull in the same number that was in the Health app (assuming the two were connected in settings). I don't know enough about Android phones to know how those are calculated.

Also, it's not one's height so much as it is one's inseam length that affects stride length. People who do sewing for others notice this right away. I used to hem my own pants (more so than I do now), as well as pants for various ones in my family. I had family members the same height, but one was Long legged, short torso, and his inseam was 32". Another was same height but short legged, 29" and a long torso. But both were same height range like 5'11 - 6'1". The taller one actually had shorter inseam because he had a very long torso (had to wear shirts labeled for "tall" in order to get the shirts long enough to tuck into his pants without them pulling out as fast as they would if they were a "regular" length - even if the chest and waist measurements were the same size.).

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The 10,000 Steps thing is only an average! Just shake it off and go for a walk or a run and don't worry about the exact number of steps the "random number generator" pulls out of the air for you. Time and effort and daily consistency are much more important in the long run (or long walk, as the case may be.).

Edited by: PROVERBS31JULIA at: 1/27/2017 (15:50)
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7/26/14 11:20 A

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1FEISTYDST Steps per mile running are a lot less than walking I usually only get about 1600 if I run a mile and double that walking. (woops, not double.. about 700 more walking. The steps per minute\, when I am exercising, are not all that different since I walk pretty fast)

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That's good to know. I'm 5'0" too and you verified what I thought. I run 4.5 miles around my neighborhood and have a new pedometer and it's usually always off according to the 10k steps and 5 mile rule.

*good to see another 5 foot "Feisty 1" lol

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2/13/13 3:36 P

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I'm barely 5' tall if I stand as straight as an arrow and I average ~12,000 steps in 5 miles. Since hubby and I have a 5 mile walk we travel several times a week, I've had opportunity to double and triple check it and it's right around there.



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2/13/13 8:13 A

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I had not thought to tie them together in my mind. I figured 10000 steps was a different goal than the 5 miles. 10 floors is not 5 miles either. Looking back at my stats, 5 miles seems to happen between 10000 and 11000 steps for me.

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2/13/13 7:27 A

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When my husband and I went Christmas shopping, we both had our FB on. I was frustrated because while the distances mostly matched, he was racking up a lot more steps than me (I'm taller). He pointed out that you might think a higher number of steps over a given distance is an advantage, but not in every situation. He had a tough time in basic training in the Army because he was expending so much more energy (more steps) to keep up with everyone else. In weight loss/maintenance, it can be good. Most other times, not so much.

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2/13/13 6:19 A

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I do know height has a lot to do with it also. dh who is 6ft 5in can take about 2/3 the steps i take and get the same distance as i do at 5ft 4in.

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2/12/13 11:39 P

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I agree, it defin. depends on your stride length as far as # of steps to equal a mile. With my stride it takes me about 2200-2300 to get a mile.

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2/12/13 10:16 P

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Well, I am SHORT, and currently have just over 10K on my fitbit, and 4.63 miles. Definitely think ones stride makes the difference.

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Here is the clickable link

help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/arti
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A lot of people on another thread let FB figure it out based on their weight and height entered on the FB page

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Here's a link to adjust your stride on the Fitbit site....let me know if anyone has success!

http://help.fitbit.com/customer/portal/a
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My steps are 2800 for 1 mile. I have a VERY short stride. Really irritates DH

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I have to walk approximately 13K steps to get 5 miles. I do not have a 2.5 foot stride, and it depends on how much I actually walked vs walking in place.

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i just double checked and the link does works but here is always what it says on reference.com

How many steps are in a mile depend on how long your stride is. The average person usually takes a stride of two and a half feet. If your stride is two and a half feet then it will take you around two thousand steps to walk a mile. If you would like to know how many steps you take in a day you can purchase a pedometer. This will track your steps all day. You can put the pedometer right on your
belt. You may be surprised on how many steps you actually do take in one day. Keep a record of your steps for a week and you will be really surprised. Where your pedometer from the time you get up till the time you go to bed. Keep your log book beside your bed and write it down before you go to sleep.

and yes NH it is Pam

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It doesn't for me either. I had t scroll back a while (yikes!) to get a 5 mile+ day but it was 14,152 for 6.5. That's 2177 per mile using default measure for 5'3". Hmm, checked a few other days and it's about, but not exactly, the same. But I agree a mile is more than 2000 steps for me. I haven't bothered setting a stride length as it always changes. (and what about stepping in place? I hate doing that but the steps are certainly shorter.) Have you tried using the default?

USA- (Pam?) thanks for the link, I am going to check that out. (link didn't work.. that's ok.. info can be found on the forums at fitbit. As I said I am not changing from the default.)

Edited by: NHRUNNER at: 2/12/2013 (17:30)
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This might explain it ot you better. steps is based on stride

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When I walk 10,000 steps it's way off from being 5 miles, which apparently is the norm.
I'm 5'8" with approx a 26 inch stride.
It seems I need to walk about 12,000 steps to get 5 miles.
Here's what I'm seeing:
10,265 steps = 4.22 mls
11,359 steps = 4.67 mls
11,709 steps = 4.81 mls
13,255 steps = 5.44 mls
Do you agree with your steps equalling the number of miles?
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