My pedometer asks me to put in my stride length, how do I
calculate my stride length for my pedometer?
You can calculate your stride length by walking a known distance and dividing
by the number of steps it takes to cover that distance.
Procedure for determining stride length using the Fieldhouse Track and CRWC Track
1. Reset the number of steps on your pedometer
2. Put the pedometer on your hip (clip to your pants)
3. Walk one lap at your "normal" pace at the fieldhouse/CRWC track
4. Record the number of steps you took in one lap
Distance per lap for Field House Indoor track:
Lane 1 = 489.7 feet
Lane 2 = 512.7 feet
Lane 3 = 534.6 feet
Lane 4 = 559.7 feet
Distance per lap for CRWC Indoor track:
Perimeter of track = About 587.7 feet per lap
1. Distance per lap in feet (use chart above)
2. Number of steps in one lap (on your pedometer)
3. Distance per step (#1 ÷ #2) _____________ (your
4. Divide 5280 by #3 _____________
to determine the number of strides (steps) per mile
What is the difference between walking and running with your
Your stride length will probably be a little longer when running. Because of
this you may want to calculate your stride length while running as well as
walking. There is not that much of a difference so it is not essential to
change your stride length on your pedometer when you are running.
How many steps does it take to walk 1 mile?
How many steps do I need take each day to lose weight?
Where should I wear my pedometer?
Why should I use a pedometer?
A pedometer helps remind
you to be more active! When you use your pedometer you will be able to receive
immediate feedback! Use this to motivate you to be more active. A pedometer can
show you how active you really are!
What are the rewards for participating in Taking Strides?
Each participant who completes Taking Strides will be rewarded
one prize at the conclusion of the 5-week program. Students
earn their prize by meeting all weekly goals and/or
recording their # of steps and/or physical activity minutes
for all 5 weeks. Prize choices include a water
bottle, gym towel, or sandwich container.
Is there a fitness specialist that I could talk to about physical activity?
If you’d like to schedule a fitness consultation, fitness assessment, or body composition test
with a Student Health & Wellness Fitness Specialist in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
(CRWC), please call 319-353-2973. Student Health & Wellness fitness consultations focus on
exercise guidelines and recommendations, goal-setting, overcoming barriers, workout ideas,
and motivation. Fitness assessments are free for students and include measurement of heart
health, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Student
Health & Wellness also offers free equipment orientations at the CRWC.
What is Student Health & Wellness and how can I learn more?
What other types of exercise can I do to increase my daily # of steps besides walking?
I’m having trouble navigating the Taking Strides web-site and/or have questions about Taking Strides