#### HopWorks

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What they all say...

Stride distance is the length traveled between one foot's heel to the same foot's heel after taking normal steps using both feet, or simply put, two steps. The average for men is 2.1 to 2.5 feet traveled with a stride process, consisting of two steps (alternating feet). I know it sounds kind of like a scientist (or lawyer) is saying it, of which I am neither, but please bare with me.

Based on this data, a mile is on average about 2000 steps. This is where I get confused.

A mile is 5280 feet. If it takes 2000 steps (again on average) to reach a mile traveled, and there are two steps in a stride, then wouldn't it be (a stride of 2.1 feet)... 5280/(stride/2)? This would yield 5280/(2.1/2) or 5028.5 steps. Which would mean that each step would have to be the length of a stride to yield 2500 steps per mile.

5280 feet divided by 2000 equals 2.64 feet per "step". So if there are 2 steps in a stride, that is 5.28 feet of stride. Well above the 2.1 to 2.5 feet per stride for men.

So am I a victim of terminology misuse? I would be more receptive to how many STRIDES per mile, being 2500 in the above example using the lowest figure in the average stride length, than saying STEPS per mile which is clearly misleading.

Why do I care? My phone has a pedometer in it and it shows my daily steps and calories burned (estimated of course). If I see 6000 steps, I figure I traveled 3 miles using the universal accepted standard I see on sites about this sort of thing. But that would mean that my steps... distance from left foot heal to right foot heal in a normal step would be 2.64 feet in length. I'm not a tall guy, rising to a modest 5 feet 6 inches, so if I am not careful, I would be accidentally doing the splits!

I hope someone can elaborate on this metric. And I certainly appreciate your time!

Hop