Walk your way to fitness.
A pedometer is a small electronic device used to count how many steps you take. Most are worn at the waist and measure your steps by detecting the movement of your hips with each step. People often wear a pedometer when they've set a goal for themselves to walk a certain distance each day for physical fitness or as a part of their weight loss plan. During setup, some pedometers require users to enter their stride length, which can be determined by height and weight.1.
Measure your height, from the soles of your feet to the top of your head, then step on your scale to get your current weight.2.
Determine your stride length using your height. While this is not as accurate as some other methods, it can give you a close estimate of your stride length. For women, simply multiply 0.413 by your height in centimeters. Men should multiply 0.415 by their height in centimeters. Round off the answer to the nearest whole number and this equals your stride length in centimeters.3.
Use the estimated stride length that is provided to you by some pedometers. Some models ask for users to input their height and weight, which will determine your estimated stride length for you.4.
Determine your estimated stride by using the average stride lengths for men and women. An average man's stride length is 78 centimeters, while a woman's average stride length is 70 centimeters.5.
Measure your stride length by marking off a 50-foot-long area on a sidewalk or in your driveway, using a piece of chalk. Walk from one end of this area to the other, while counting your steps. Divide the number of steps you took by 50 -- this is your stride length.
- Tape measure
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