Some exercise devices measure steps taken. The distance required to generate a certain number of steps can be estimated.

Estimating the length of a stride:

(1) Starting with the back to a wall, walk a certain number of paces, preferrably more than 5.

(2) Place a mark on the ground where the leading toe is.

(3) Measure the distance.


length of a stride =

= (distance traveled) / (number of strides)


distance traveled =

= (number of strides) * (length of a stride)


time in hours to walk a distance in miles =

= (distance in miles) / (walking speed in miles per hour)


10,000 paces for an adult is often between 3 and 4 miles.

The walking speed of an adult is between 3 and 4 miles per hour.

A prescription for 10,000 paces should be about an hour of walking.

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