How many steps are in your mile?
1. Mark a distance of 50 feet.
2. Count the number of steps you take while walking this distance.
3. Divide 50 by the number of steps you’ve taken. This is your stride length.
4. Divide 5,280 by your stride length. This is the average steps you take per mile.
On most days a fairly active person takes between 4,000 and 6,000 steps. The extra steps required to reach the 10,000 step goal will help you reach the 30 minutes of activity recommended by the Surgeon General. It is okay to work up to the 10,000 step goal. If you don’t typically move around much during the day, it is a good idea to increase your daily steps in small increments. A person who takes an average of 3,000 steps should aim to reach 4,000 – 5,000 steps first. Once you feel comfortable taking that many steps, keep increasing that number until you reach 10,000. Remember, it is important to work at your own pace. If you are not used to exercising, you should gradually build up to 10,000 steps.
Increasing your steps
Adding more steps into your daily routine is easier than you may think. Below are a few suggestions to help get you started:
- Walk the dog
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
- Park farther away from the office or the store
- Walk to a co-worker’s desk to ask a question instead of calling or e-mailing
- Schedule a walking meeting
- Window shop