How Many Steps in a Mile?


30 October 2020

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For a person of average weight and height, research shows that the number of steps in a mile is somewhere between 2000 and 2500. When running, the figure decreases to between 1,400 and 1,700 (due to the increase in the length of stride).
For the average individual:

1 mile equals between 2000 and 2500 steps
1 kilometer equals between 1250 and 1550 steps
10,000 steps equate to somewhere in the region of 4 to 5 miles.
The average person of average height has a stride length that is somewhere between 2.1 and 2.5 feet. On this basis, an average height person will make up a mile using somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 steps. 10,000 steps, therefore, equate to somewhere between 4 and 5 miles when calculated with an average stride length.

The above figures are just averages and are based upon studies that included participants. There are more accurate ways that you can work out how many steps it takes you to walk a mile, and these will be covered in this article. One crucial factor that cannot be ignored when working out how many steps make up a mile is your stride length. An excellent example of how this can make a difference is the stride of a runner who stands 7ft tall (when compared to a person walking who is 4ft tall). Of course, the stride length of these two people will vary greatly, as will the number of steps it takes each of them to walk or run a mile.

Research – Steps in a Mile
In 2007, the American College of Sports Medicine published a study. This study was based on research sought to find out how many steps women and men took to walk 1 mile at both a 15 and 20-minute pace; these were then compared to people running a mile at a pace of 6, 8, 10, and 12 minutes.

So, what were the findings? The average steps required by a man to walk or run a mile at a pace of 6 minutes were 1,064, and 2,310 steps were the average needed for women to walk a mile in 20 minutes. It was noted that generally, it took the individuals more steps to jog a 12-minute mile than it did to walk a 15-minute mile (1,951 for jogging, and 1,935 for walking). The researchers commented that these findings were likely to be because when someone jogs at a slower speed (a 12-minute mile), they take smaller steps than when walking a mile in 15 minutes.

It is also worth noting that people who exercise regularly and with high intensity generally cover the distance in less time and take fewer steps to do so. The health benefits from exercising at high intensity are also seen to be greater than exercising at low intensity. Before you make any changes to your current exercise regime, lifestyle, or fitness plan, you should always seek the advice of a qualified health professional.


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