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Monday, September 02, 2013

I don't own a pedometer, but I keep seeing the "conventional wisdom" of 5 miles = 10000 steps.

So..let's crunch some numbers here.

I run at the generally accepted ideal cadence of 180 steps/minute.
6 min/km pace x 180 = 1080 steps per km
1080 x 8.05 km (5 miles) = 8694 steps

I guess the people getting 10K steps in 5 miles must be taking huge strides!
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    Ok, so by your math, if it takes only 8694 steps to get to 5 miles, then the people who take 10000 steps to get to 5 miles would actually be taking SMALLER steps, not huge ones. Which probably does make sense since your running steps may be covering more distance than a walking step.
    2592 days ago
  • no profile photo HANSBRINK
    1mile = 5280 ft
    5 miles X 5280 ft/mile = 26,400 ft
    26,400 ft / 10,000 steps = 2.64 ft/step

    From Ask.com
    Step Length: The distance from the heel print of one foot to the heel print of the other foot. This is the distance traveled forward by a single leg. 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.

    You right! Using 10,000 steps for 5 miles is using the equivalent "Mother May I" way of taking giant steps.
    2781 days ago
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