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How many steps are in a mile?

How many steps are in a mile?

There are 2,000 steps (on average) in a mile.

The actual number of steps varies depending on your step length (the distance you cover every time you take a step).

2,000 steps is based on an average step length of 2.64 feet, meaning you cover 2.64 feet every time you take a step (measured heel to heel or toe to toe).

Here’s the math:

There are 5,280 feet in a mile.
5,280 feet / 2.64 feet per step = 2,000 steps

On average:
  • 1 mile = 2000 steps
  • 2 miles = 4000 steps
  • 3 miles = 6000 steps
  • 4 miles = 8000 steps
  • 5 miles = 10000 steps

Taking 10,000 steps a day is recommended to promote and maintain health, and correlates with the minimum amount of exercise recommended for all adults. More steps are recommended to lose weight.

You might average more or less than 2,000 steps per mile. Measure your step length to find out. It will depend on how tall you are (how long your legs are), and how fast you walk. Your step length will get longer the faster you walk.




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