How Many Steps Are in a Kilometer?
More and more people are turning to a healthy lifestyle and want to be as active as possible. One of the ways to achieve that is to track the number of steps they take in a day.
In this article, you will find out how many steps are in a kilometer, how many steps a day you should take, and how long it takes to run the same distance.
On average, you take 1300 steps in a kilometer of walking and 950 steps in a kilometer of running. The exact number of steps depends on several different factors, such as gender, height, stride length, and pace of walking or running.
For example, a shorter person has a shorter stride and has to take more steps in a kilometer than a taller person who has a longer stride.
Likewise, the faster you run, the longer your stride naturally becomes, and the fewer steps you have to take to cover the same distance.
The information in this article is based on research published in the ASCM Health and Fitness Journal.
The table shows how many steps you will take in a kilometer while moving at a certain speed.
How many steps in a kilometer run?
A person with a height of 5 feet 4 inches will take an average of 1214 steps while running a kilometer at a pace of 12 min/mi, and 676 steps at a pace of 6 min/mi.
Depending on the running pace and height of the person, the table shows the average number of steps needed to run a kilometer.
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How many steps will a woman take in a kilometer walk?
A woman with a height of 5 feet 4 inches will take 1447 steps to cross a kilometer at a pace of 20 min/mi, and 1209 steps at a pace of 14 min/mi.
Depending on the walking pace and height of the woman, the table shows the average number of steps needed to walk a kilometer.
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How many steps will a man take in a kilometer walk?
A man with a height of 6 feet 0 inches will take 1356 steps to cross a kilometer at a pace of 20 min/mi, and 1118 steps at a pace of 14 min/mi.
Depending on the walking pace and height of the man, the table shows the average number of steps needed to walk a kilometer.
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What affects the number of steps in a kilometer?
The main factor affecting the number of steps needed to cover a kilometer is the stride length.
The shorter the stride, the more steps you need to take to cover a kilometer.
Stride length is the distance from the heel of one foot to the heel of the other foot. It varies from person to person, depending on your height, sex, speed, and running terrain.
The taller you are, the longer your stride is, and the fewer steps you have to take to cross a kilometer.
A person who is 5 feet 4 inches tall does not have the same stride length as a person who is 6 feet 0 inches tall, even if they are in the same shape. A shorter person has to take more steps than a taller person to cover the same distance.
The faster you move, the longer your stride becomes and the fewer steps you have to take to cross a kilometer.
According to research, sex is another factor affecting the number of steps you have to take to cover a kilometer.
The average stride length for women is 2.2 feet and for men, it is 2.5 feet.
This means that women take more steps than men to cover a kilometer.
4. Running terrain
Stride length depends on whether you are moving on flat ground or uphill.
When running uphill, the step is shorter and you take more steps to cover a kilometer.
How to track the number of steps you take in a kilometer?
The simplest way to track the number of steps is with the help of a pedometer, smart watch, or activity monitor.
A pedometer is a device that counts your steps, and most smartphones today have this option.
For a pedometer, activity monitor, or other device to measure the exact number of steps you take, you need to know the average length of your step and height.
How to measure average stride length?
There are different methods for measuring stride length.
One of them is to walk or run a certain distance and count the steps. Then divide the distance you walked or ran by the number of steps you took to get your average stride length.
Total distance/number of steps = stride length
Another way is to take 10 steps and measure the distance between the starting point and the ending point. Then divide the distance traveled by 10 and you will get the average length of your stride.
For example, if you have walked 255 inches in 10 steps, your average stride length is 25.5 inches.
A third way to measure stride length is based on your height. To get the average stride length, multiply your height in inches by 0.413 if you are a woman and 0.415 if you are a man.
Women = height in inches x 0.413 equals average stride length
Men = height in inches x 0.415 equals average stride length
For example, a runner with a height of 65 inches has an average stride length of 26.84 inches.
There is a standard estimate that a person’s stride length is proportional to their height, that is, it is equal to approximately 42% of their height. It is not a precise estimate, but it is used by most digital pedometers.
You can use a calculator to determine exactly how many steps you have taken in a kilometer of walking or running.
How many steps a day should you take?
You probably heard many times the recommendation that it is necessary to take 10,000 steps a day for health benefits.
Where did that figure come from?
The magic figure of 10,000 steps per day actually came from a marketing campaign, not from scientific research. It is actually the name of a pedometer that was sold in Japan in 1965. The device was called “Manpo-kei“, which literally means “10,000 step counter”. Although the name of the device had a strictly promotional function, it stuck around the world and started indicating the daily goal for the number of steps.
Newer research indicates that even 7000 steps a day bring significant health benefits.
TipThe answer to how many steps you need to take per day requires a more individual approach and should be based on your goals. The best number of steps for you is the one that can fit into your daily schedule and regular habits.
According to research, you can compare your step count with activity level categories:
- Inactive (sedentary lifestyle): less than 5000 steps a day
- Light active lifestyle: 5000 to 7499 steps a day
- Moderately active lifestyle: 7500 to 9999 steps a day
- Active lifestyle: 10000 to 12499 steps a day
- Highly active lifestyle: more than 12500 steps a day
When determining the daily step goal, keep in mind that your number of steps will be lower if you run or walk at a faster pace, and you will get a better workout. So regardless of the lower number of steps achieved, you will get a great workout that will benefit your health.
What’s the average time for a kilometer run?
Beginner runners need approximately 6:30 minutes (average running pace 10:28 min/mi) to run a kilometer, while more experienced runners need 4 minutes (average running pace 6:26 min/mi).
The table shows how long it takes to run a kilometer depending on the running pace.
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Use my running pace calculator with which you can calculate the time needed to run a kilometer running at a certain pace. You can also calculate what pace you will run if you run a kilometer in a certain time.
Read more: How Long Does It Take To Run a kilometer? (Explained in Detail)
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