How Many Steps?

Making Pedometer Challenges Fun & Educational

Pedometer challenges are a way to make moving a fun activity.

Challenge yourself: “I want to walk to the Moon!” (That’s only 477,714,000 steps!)
Challenge others: “I can get to the top of Mt Everest before you!” (a measly 52,047 steps!)
Form teams: “We will walk all over you!” (most steps in week!)

Set a goal and track your steps!

How many steps to:

  • Climb the Empire State Building: 1,576 steps
    Want to get down?: 1,576 steps
  • Climb the Eiffel Tower: 1,710 steps
    Want to get down?: 1,710 steps
  • Walk from The Iowa Statehouse (DM) to Trader Joes (WDM) (13.1 miles): 26,200 steps
  • Walk a marathon (26.2 miles) : 52,400 steps
  • Climb the Mt. Everest: 52,047 steps
    Want to get down?: 52,047 steps
  • Walk Across Iowa (306.268 miles on I-80): 612,536 steps

Make the challenge fun, make the challenge educational, make the challenge relevant:

There are typically 2,000-2,500 steps in one (1) linear mile. If I had to walk to work from home  (36 miles), I’d have to take 72,000 steps.

Stair steps are typically eight (7) inches high. Ten feet is a good estimate for the height of a building floor.  So going up one floor requires about 21 steps.
If you want to climb to the top of an eight (8) story building, a good estimate is that you are going to have to climb 21 time 8 or 168 steps.

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