How to measure your step length

How to measure your step length

Follow 4 steps to measure your step length.

Program your step length (sometimes referred to as stride length) into your pedometer to increase the accuracy of the ‘distance walked’ setting.

Your step length is the distance between the toe of one foot and the toe of your other foot after you take a step.

1.  Measure off a given distance.

Measure off a given distance in feet, and mark both ends with masking tape. For example, mark off 10, 20, or 30 feet.

2.  Walk and count.

Stand with both feet lined up just behind the masking tape. Then walk the given distance (for example, 30 feet) and count the number of steps you took (measured toe to toe).

You can do this inside or outside. Just be sure to walk at your normal pace on a relatively flat surface.

3.  Calculate your step length.

Calculate your step length by dividing the distance you walked by the number of steps you took. If you walked 12 steps in 30 feet, your step length is 2.5 feet.

Here’s the math: 30 feet / 12 steps = 2.5 feet per step

4. Program your step length into your pedometer.

Some pedometers give you the option of entering your step length (stride length). This number is then used to estimate the total distance you walk each day.

The total distance you walk each day is calculated by multiplying the number of steps you take by your step length. (Total distance walked = total steps walked x step length.)

The more accurate your pedometer is at counting steps, the more accurate it will be at estimating the total distance you walk.


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