10,000 steps is how many miles?

212rikanmofo

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According to my AWS4, 10k miles is roughly about 5 miles. But when I googled it, it says 2.37 miles. Which is right?
 

212rikanmofo

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How is it calculated? It's 5 miles for me for 10k steps according to my watch. But not sure why google says its about 2.37 miles.
 

Significant1

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How is it calculated?
Steps x Stride = Distance

Lots of variables goes into stride (physical build, speed, run/walk, cadence etc), so there is no hard defined stride value you can use to convert between steps and distance. That is why you should calibrate the watch, by running outside for 20 minutes with gps, before getting good watch estimates on threadmill/indoor distance.
 

liftedpsd2010

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It is nearly 10 miles for my 4 foot fiancé
If you were trying to be funny at least be factual. In most cases the shorter you are the smaller your stride. So 10,000 steps might be 1 mile for your made up fiancé. On average each step is around 3 feet. So 10k steps is a little over 5.5 miles on average.
 
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millerj123

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Steps x Stride = Distance

Lots of variables goes into stride (physical build, speed, run/walk, cadence etc), so there is no hard defined stride value you can use to convert between steps and distance. That is why you should calibrate the watch, by running outside for 20 minutes with gps, before getting good watch estimates on threadmill/indoor distance.
Also, are you asking about walking or running, because those will be different, too.
 

rojocrandall

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According to my AWS4, 10k miles is roughly about 5 miles. But when I googled it, it says 2.37 miles. Which is right?
I just googled "how many miles is 10000 steps" - 1st result:
"five miles
If you take 10,000 steps, you are walking approximately five miles of throughout the day."
May want to try the google search again... :)
 

jwlbel

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Wow, I did not realize how much the info on my S4 varied day to day. I was curious how many miles 10,000 steps is for me. I knew since I am only 5'3" it was less than my 6"1' husband. I was looking at my stats and it says 30,008 steps was 11.50 miles. Then another day it said 30,078 steps was 12.21 miles. I am sure those 70 extra steps were not 3/4 of a mile. Yes, I use the GPS app so it should be accurately calibrated.
 

Significant1

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Wow, I did not realize how much the info on my S4 varied day to day. I was curious how many miles 10,000 steps is for me. I knew since I am only 5'3" it was less than my 6"1' husband. I was looking at my stats and it says 30,008 steps was 11.50 miles. Then another day it said 30,078 steps was 12.21 miles. I am sure those 70 extra steps were not 3/4 of a mile. Yes, I use the GPS app so it should be accurately calibrated.
Calibrated or not, you still need to grasp that you are not a machine and your stryde is not a fixed constant, but a function which varies constantly depending on how you walk/run.
 
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Julien

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Average male stride length 0.76Mx10,000=7600M or 4.72miles
Average female stride length 0.67Mx10,000=6700 or 4.16miles
 

Significant1

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Presumably your watch knows how far you went via GPS.
The steps are counted by acceleration. Doing an exersize with gps outside enables to relate steps to distance at varying rate/speed ==> calibration. This calibration will then improve distance estimate when gps are not active or available.
 

PC_tech

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"How far is 10,000 steps? An average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles."