Based on an average stride length of 2.5 feet, 8,500 steps would amount to approximately 4.02 miles.
8,500 steps is equivalent to approximately 7,083.33 yards, 21,250.00 feet, and 255,000.00 inches.
If you're more metrically inclined, 8,500 steps is equivalent to approximately 6.48 kilometers, 6,477.08 meters, and 647,707.88 centimeters.
Many people aim to take 10,000 steps a day. While the correct number of steps per day is dependent on your individual health, ability, and walking goals, 10,000 is a pretty good number to shoot for because it amounts to approximately 4.73 miles per day. That'd be pretty good for most people!
If you walked 8,500 steps today, that would amount to 85.00% of 10,000. You're almost there!
If you'd like to walk more, the easiest thing you can do is increase your steps slowly and by a set percentage. For example, you can average your daily number of steps for the past week or month and try increasing it by 5% each week after this. You would do that by mutiplying your daily average by 1.05. So if this week's average was 8,500 steps a day, next week you would try to walk about 8,925 steps a day, the week after that you would try for 9,371 steps a day, and so on. Then you could stop at a number you feel is sustainable for daily walking.
Calculating your own stride length can be valuable if you have a pedometer that requires you to enter your own stride length.
Because stride length varies from person to person and is influenced by leg length, walking speed, and walking style, not everyone will have the same stride length. In order to determine your own stride length, simply walk a known distance, such as 20 feet, and count your steps as you go. Then divide the distance by the number of steps.
If you have an HSA as part of your health insurance plan, you may be wondering if pedometers or other step-tracking devices like Apple Watches or Fitbits are considered eligible expenses. While it's possible you can use your HSA to pay for these devices, you may need a letter of medical necessity. It's also possible your specific plan already considers these to be eligible items, but because it's not typical you should check with your plan or benefits administrator first.
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