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Walking

# How can I count my walking steps without a pedometer?

• A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
To count your walking steps without a pedometer, you just need to track how long it takes you to walk 1 mile (4 laps around a track).  1 mile equals about 2,000 steps.
• A Fitness, answered on behalf of

You can count your walking steps a few ways without using a pedometer.  Your first way, count them out!  Tedious, yes, very!  However, the option is available.  A more realistic approach would be to estimate how far a tenth or a quarter of a mile is.  Count your steps for that length and then multiple by ten, if counting for a tenth of a mile, and you will have your distance for a mile.  If counting for a quarter of a mile then multiply that number by four and you will have your steps for a full mile.  In addition, the average person will require up to 2,000 steps for a full mile, that being said, you can estimate that each mile will requires 2,000 steps and you can figure out how many steps you complete by the amount of miles you walk.

One, two, three, four...Using a pedometer is handy as it does the counting for you. However, if you don't have one, consider a hand held counting device such as are used to count people entering a turnstile. Chose your right or left foot and each time it strikes the ground click it. If that isn't possible, you can count your steps manually.

I always like to set a step goal for the day. I am in a step challenge right now, so my daily goal is 20,000. Depending on where you are in your fitness level, set a goal to get moving a little more each day. Before long you will be going 20,000 steps a day and beyond!