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August 26, 2011 1:46 PM

I have a mobile phone that counts steps - but it doesnt tell me how many steps thats equates to in distance! How many steps (obv. approximate to average stride) are in a mile? Ideally I want to walk 10 miles a week.

August 26, 2011 1:48 PM
About 2,000 steps in a mile.
August 26, 2011 1:49 PM
yep, what she said
August 26, 2011 1:51 PM
I'm curious how a step counter works on a phone? What is the app called?
August 26, 2011 1:53 PM
It depends on how long your stride is. The best way to measure is to:

1. mark a spot on the side walk at the back of one heel.
2. Walk 10 "average" paces.
3. Mark the back of your heel that landed the 10th step.
4. measure the distance in inches between the two marks and divide by 10.
5. Take this number ( x ) and divide it into 5280 * 12, so 5280 * 12 / x.

This will be how many steps you take per mile.
August 26, 2011 1:53 PM
Why not just use a different app that tracks distance? If distance is your goal, forget the # of steps!
Runmeter, Nike, etc. all have free apps.
August 26, 2011 1:54 PM
I would agree. My iPod nano counts my steps, and I also have the Nike Fit adapter to calculate miles. Running is less steps/mile, for me 1 mile running is about 1600-1700 steps, and walking is about 1900-2000 steps depending on my stride.
August 26, 2011 1:54 PM
I have a Sony Ericcson, the app is called Walk Mate Eco. It is built into the phone. I wasn't sure if it was accurate so I wore a friend's pedometer while carrying the phone in my pocket and they both showed the same number.

So if it is one mile per 2000 steps then if I reach the 10,000 steps a day I have walked 5 miles a day? That seems very high?
August 26, 2011 1:56 PM
I don't have an iPhone or Blackberry so I might go with the manual method as descibed :)
August 26, 2011 1:59 PM
Crazy but it depends on how big the steps you take are! OMG! So, count the amount of steps it takes you to walk 5,280 feet. Then multiply it by 1, then multiply it by 1/2, then multiply that number by 2. That's how many steps it takes to walk a mile.

Or, just count the steps it takes you to walk 52.8 feet (ok, round up to 53 feet), multiply by 100 and voila. You have how many steps it takes to walk a mile.

Or, you can walk a set amount of feet, figure out an average of how many steps it took you to walk said amount of feet, then divide 5,280 feet by that number and you have an estimate of how many steps it took you to walk a mile.

Or you can just skip for a mile.
Edited by brewingaz On August 26, 2011 1:59 PM
August 26, 2011 2:03 PM
i disagree on the 2,000 steps in a mile thing unless you're taller. I'm 5'1, right now my pedometer says 5,491 steps and says that is 2.19 miles so for me it's more like 2,600ish in a mile? my stride's pretty short though with my little legs :o)
August 26, 2011 2:05 PM
i agree with most people, it just depends on your stride, im taller and i routinely walk a 1.25 mile trail and it takes me just over 1900 steps for that
Edited by Chunkabutt83 On August 26, 2011 2:06 PM
August 26, 2011 2:06 PM
with programs like gmap and all things available on phones, it is probably easier to measure distance than count steps
December 30, 2013 11:15 AM
This tells you the average based on your height ;)

(If the link doesn't work, try copy & pasting it into your browser)
Edited by Rx5extreme On December 30, 2013 11:17 AM
December 30, 2013 11:56 AM
I'm 5'3" and 2400 steps is a mile for me give or take a few.
December 30, 2013 12:01 PM
I use a pedometer by Runtastic on my android phone. It is awesome. It was only like .99 cents and keeps track of the distance that I walk, time, speed and calories burned. It's very simple to use once you figure out what your stride is.
December 30, 2013 12:01 PM
yeah 2000 steps is more like 1 kilometer. 1 mile should be much more..
February 10, 2014 10:16 PM
The 10,000 steps a day is more about how active you are.. With the theory that people that are less active will average few steps a day.. (sitting, watching tv, sleeping or surfing the net).
It really doesn't matter just how far you walk or not... or how tall or short you are... it is just a gage we can use to indicate our level of activity…

I personally work hard to insure I get 10,000 steps a day… to burn extra calories throughout the day.. since we average burn 100 calories every 2000 steps. But that is a guesstimate since we are all different.. since we have to take in account our weight..
The heavier you are the more calories you burn.. here is a good site to go to find your magic number:

Personally, I don’t even count the daily walk outside the planned exercise as calories burned… I make it a bonus to my diet…
Example: When I park my car the farthest I can when I go to a store or walk up and down each aisleof the store.. they are just extra calories burned without even thinking of it
February 10, 2014 10:29 PM
I am only 5 ft tall and according to my fitbit 2000 steps is near enough 1 mile. So 10,000 steps would be 5 miles.
February 10, 2014 10:37 PM
1393 steps = .63 kms = .38525 miles, so for me close to 3000 steps = 1 mile. Approximately.
February 10, 2014 10:42 PM
I believe there approximately 2000 steps in a mile.
February 10, 2014 11:17 PM
It all depends on a persons stride, and the terrain that is being walked on. It can vary a great deal.
February 10, 2014 11:47 PM

I am only 5 ft tall and according to my fitbit 2000 steps is near enough 1 mile. So 10,000 steps would be 5 miles.

Did you put your stride length into the Fitbit website or are you using the default settings? I'm 5'6" and I have measured mine and for me walking its 2185 steps in a mile (Running its 1810 steps). I'd be surprised if at 6" shorter than me your walking stride was 3" more than mine as 2000 steps in a mile is a stride of 2ft 8" approx (63360" in a mile, 2000 steps means 63360/2000 = 31.7" = 2ft 7.7")
Edited by Samstan101 On February 10, 2014 11:49 PM
April 16, 2014 6:38 AM

I'm curious how a step counter works on a phone? What is the app called?

The best app I have found for a pedometer is Runtastic Pro. It's very accurate; only cost .99 or a 1.99 (can't remember). But it also syncs with MFP. I use it all the time.
Edited by nonnie35750 On April 16, 2014 6:40 AM
April 16, 2014 9:38 AM
5' 3" - 2,200 steps = 1 mile approximately I aim for 10,000 steps a day and usually end up around 4-4.5 miles. I have a fitbit that tells me both steps and miles, which is really nice.


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