How far is 10,000 steps?

 We hear more and more people in the health profession and fitness industry saying that you should walk 10,000 steps per day. So, the obvious question becomes, "How far is 10,000 steps?" We measured the length of a step for a few average-height people in Research Maniacs' office and found that the average length of a step was about 30 inches. That means that 10,000 steps would be 10,000 steps x 30 inches, which equals 300,000 inches. 300,000 inches equals 4.73 miles. Comments from a Research Maniacs' visitor: My gal and I entered a debate, and I believe your article is incorrect if using “stride length”. I am 6’2” and my average step is 30”, which I did find odd as you noted the average person considering I’m not average height. However that is not my point of the debate. 30” was measured from the back of my rear foot to the front of my fore foot. When you are walking you can not reuse the length of your front foot you have to use step length, the measurement needs to be tip of toe to tip of toe. My stride was then actually 21”, so 21” x 10,000 steps = 210,000 inches/ 12/5281 = 3.31 miles not 4.73 miles. Step and stride are not interchangeable, you end up giving yourself almost an extra 30% distance using stride. Mark Woodland Hills, CA

 Below is a table showing different amounts of steps and corresponding distances in miles. 1,000 steps = 0.47 miles 2,000 steps = 0.95 miles 3,000 steps = 1.42 miles 4,000 steps = 1.89 miles 5,000 steps = 2.37 miles 6,000 steps = 2.84 miles 7,000 steps = 3.31 miles 8,000 steps = 3.79 miles 9,000 steps = 4.26 miles 10,000 steps = 4.73 miles 11,000 steps = 5.21 miles 12,000 steps = 5.68 miles 13,000 steps = 6.16 miles 14,000 steps = 6.63 miles 15,000 steps = 7.10 miles 16,000 steps = 7.58 miles 17,000 steps = 8.05 miles 18,000 steps = 8.52 miles 19,000 steps = 9.00 miles 20,000 steps = 9.47 miles 25,000 steps = 11.84 miles 50,000 steps = 23.67 miles 75,000 steps = 35.51 miles 100,000 steps = 47.35 miles

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