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Joined Jun 2012 Posts: 1,074 
June 29, 2012 2:20 AM
I read somewhere that 5 miles is roughly 10,000 steps. Math is not my strong suite so I just want to check with y'all on my math for the following. I work in an office that to walk around the "circle" is 50 steps (alright 49 but I'll round up for this one). If I walk around 4 times that would be .1 mile correct? I work nights and walk many of these laps so I want to figure out how far it is I'm walking each night. Thanks for checking my math!

Joined Jan 2011 Posts: 6,117 
June 29, 2012 2:27 AM
If 5 miles is 10,000 steps, then 1 mile is 2,000 steps.
4 laps of your office at 50 steps a lap would be 200 steps. Or 1/10 of a mile. It does rather depend on how long your stride is! 
Joined Jan 2012 Posts: 38 
June 29, 2012 2:30 AM
QUOTE: I read somewhere that 5 miles is roughly 10,000 steps. Math is not my strong suite so I just want to check with y'all on my math for the following. I work in an office that to walk around the "circle" is 50 steps (alright 49 but I'll round up for this one). If I walk around 4 times that would be .1 mile correct? I work nights and walk many of these laps so I want to figure out how far it is I'm walking each night. Thanks for checking my math! 10,000 steps for five miles sound plausable. If your circle is 50 steps and you walk it 4 times that is a total of 200 steps. One mile would be 2,000 steps so you would need to walk the circle 40 times to make one mile. 4 times round would be on tenth of a mile. 
Joined Jul 2010 Posts: 1,940 
June 29, 2012 2:35 AM
ummm nope...it really depends on how big your steps are !

Joined Jun 2012 Posts: 1,074 
June 29, 2012 2:37 AM
Thanks guys for verifying my math. I'd like to be able to figure it out for sure but there is no way for me to measure my stride verses the approx guide other than counting my step while on the treadmill and I'm sure by 100 I'd start loosing count or forget to keep counting....

Joined Jun 2012 Posts: 1,074 
June 29, 2012 2:39 AM
QUOTE: ummm nope...it really depends on how big your steps are ! I understand this but I don't think my stride is small nor extremely large so I'm going with my stride is average because it's the best approximation I can get. 
Joined May 2012 Posts: 219 
June 29, 2012 2:44 AM
You can get pedometers on ebay for very little money.

Joined May 2012 Posts: 507 
June 29, 2012 2:46 AM
QUOTE: Thanks guys for verifying my math. I'd like to be able to figure it out for sure but there is no way for me to measure my stride verses the approx guide other than counting my step while on the treadmill and I'm sure by 100 I'd start loosing count or forget to keep counting.... 
Joined Feb 2012 Posts: 53 
June 29, 2012 2:49 AM
For me 2500 steps is a mile..Im short so my stride is different from a tall person.. ;)

Joined Aug 2011 Posts: 174 
June 29, 2012 3:11 AM
I am 5'9' and it really depends upon the stride on particular days, in most cases 10,000 is slightly over 5 miles for me, I usually have to get about 11000 to hit 5 miles, but then again as noted it depends on the stride some days I stride longer than others depending upon how my legs and feet feel, etc...

Joined May 2011 Posts: 375 
June 29, 2012 3:19 AM
i just checked my fitbit stats and i'm at 5.15 miles with 12,335 steps.
i'm sure each person has a different "stride" but i'd say 5 miles and 10,000 steps is a good est. 
Joined Jun 2012 Posts: 1,074 
June 29, 2012 3:26 AM
I've counted my stride and it actually comes to an average of 45 steps per circle so I've adjusted for the lesser steps and I'll probably throw in another .1 mile or so just for giggles if it's over it's over if it's short well I've walked around doing other stuff all night I'm sure I came pretty darn close.

Joined Nov 2011 Posts: 242 
June 29, 2012 3:26 AM
pick up a pedometer you can get one for about $10. Pick one that does not have a reset button that is easy to hit by mistake. Pick one that you can set your stride. I had an omron ($28) but it was good calculated steps, distance approx calories burned and saved the last 7 days data. now I use the fitbit. But yes I have also read 10,000 steps =5 miles. not for me, but i guess i have a short stride!

Joined Aug 2011 Posts: 275 
June 29, 2012 3:28 AM
QUOTE: For me 2500 steps is a mile..Im short so my stride is different from a tall person.. ;) That sounds nearer to me, 10,000 steps if your step is approx 2ft is about 4 miles. 
Joined Apr 2012 Posts: 3 
June 29, 2012 4:40 AM
will depend on your stride.get a pedometer and it will allow you to put in your stride and and count your steps and calculate your distance.mine comes out to about 5=10000 but i have a long stride

Joined Jun 2012 Posts: 7 
June 29, 2012 4:56 AM
Sounds right to me, I went on a hike yesterday and I have a pedometer on my Iphone, I'm not sure how accurate it is with the step count but It had 9,432 steps for a five mile loop hike. I have a fairly long stride. I also walk on my lunch break and I can do just over a mile in 2025 minutes. Good for a calorie burn between 120 and 140 calories. Every little bit helps and If you sit at a computer for 12 hours a day like I do, a half hour walk is a great way to stretch and get your blood flowing. Depending on what kind of company you work for, you might want to consider asking management if you can take one of your breaks along with your lunch to give you more time to work out so you have enough time to get that heart rate up. It has been my experience that employers are very encouraging in helping their employees be more healthy.

Joined Mar 2012 Posts: 273 
June 29, 2012 5:00 AM
Just measure it with a tape measure. Put one on the floor and measure from heel to heel with a usual step It's easy.

Joined Mar 2011 Posts: 509 
June 29, 2012 5:02 AM
Yes this is true cause that is what my fit bit says when I reach 5 miles that I have walked 10,000 steps.

Joined May 2012 Posts: 128 
June 29, 2012 5:09 AM
not necessarily...
my exercise yesterday  14,396 steps was 5.4 miles  with a 24 inch stride... ETA: a mile is 63,360 inches  measure your stride then count your steps around the circle  you'll only have to do it twice to get an average  then just count how many laps you do  and then multiply your steps by your laps  multiple by your stride length (gives you inches traveled) divide by 63,360 inches .... gives you miles traveled... it you want it exact...
Edited by Cambrendle On June 29, 2012 5:12 AM

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