If you’re in the process of training for a 5k, you’re probably curious to know the answer to the question; “How many steps in 5km.”
It seems like there’d be a simple answer, but unfortunately, it’s a bit more complicated. And when you think about it, it makes sense.
When I’m out walking with my tiny chihuahua, his little legs seem to take about 10 steps to my one. That’s cute and all, but I’m assuming you’re not a chihuahua, so let’s find out the answer to the burning question of how many steps in 5km.
The biggest factor that determines how many steps in 5km is your stride length. And again, figuring out your stride length is somewhat complicated.
Taller people have a longer stride length. In addition, running 5km is going to result in fewer steps than walking 5km, as your stride length is naturally longer when you run.
Average Stride Length
The average stride length varies widely from person to person. Generally speaking, it falls somewhere between 0.67 metres (2.2 feet) for women and 0.762 metres (2.5 feet) for men.
If you’re much taller than average, then your stride length is going to be longer. Conversely, if you’re shorter than average, your stride length is probably going to be smaller.
How Many Steps in 5km (Average)
Using the average stride length for men and women, there are approximately:
7,462 Steps in 5km for Women
6,561 Steps in 5km for Men
However, to get a more accurate picture, you’ll need to determine your own stride length.
To get the most accurate answer to how far you’ve run or walked, it’s best to use a GPS tracker rather than counting steps. This is the best affordable option that tracks how far, how fast and where you’ve ran.
The Easiest Way to Measure Your Stride Length
If you’d rather not go by averages and prefer to know your own stride length, then the following is the easiest way to do that:
- Measure and mark a distance of 20 metres or 50 feet.
- Start walking a bit further back than the starting marker so you’re up to your natural walking speed when you reach the start.
- Count the number of steps it takes to cover the distance, from start to finish.
- Divide the number of metres/feet by the number of steps. Metres/feet divided by steps equals your stride length in metres/feet.
Here’s an example:
If it takes you 27 steps to cover 20 metres then your average stride length is 0.74 metres.
Of course, your stride length is going to be different when you’re running vs walking, so make sure to perform the same exercise again while you’re running to determine your running stride length.
How Many Steps in 5km Using Your Own Stride Length
Now that you’ve figured out your average stride length, it’s easy to determine approximately how many steps are in 5km for you, personally.
Simply divide your stride length by 5000 metres (there are 5000 metres in 5km.)
Using the example above, 5000 ÷ 0.74 = 6756
That means that, for you, there are approximately 6756 steps in 5km.
How many steps in 5km?
The number of steps in 5km depending on your stride length and whether you’re walking or running. Generally speaking, there are 7,462 steps in 5km for women and 6,561 steps in 5km for men.
How many kilometres is 5000 steps?
5000 steps at a walking pace is approximately 3.81 kilometres. This will vary depending on whether you’re walking or running and your stride length.
How many kilometres should you walk a day?
The current World Health Organization guidelines recommend walking 10,000 steps per day which works out to approximately 8 kilometres. Of course, this depends on your height and stride length.