How to measure distance on a treadmill

Updated February 21, 2017

Calculating the distance travelled during a workout is essential to developing a workout routine, especially when using a treadmill to exercise. Most treadmills come equipped with distance calculators that tell you how far you have travelled during your workout as well as how many calories you have burnt and the pace at which you exercised. If your treadmill does not have this technology, you can wear a pedometer while you workout on the treadmill and then use a step-to-mile calculator to determine the distance you travelled during the routine.

Put a pedometer around your waist directly above your knee. Step onto the treadmill to activate the automatic start. If the treadmill doesn't start automatically, push the control counsel or quick start button on the display panel.

Choose the type of workout routine, difficulty level, speed or distance you wish to travel during the workout. You may have to enter your weight and number of calories you wish to burn.

Begin the workout by walking on the treadmill as it begins to move. Touch the display screen to view the various stats on your workout while it is in progress such as your heart rate, speed and distance.

View the display screen when your workout is complete to see the total distance travelled.

View the reading on your pedometer. Convert the reading using a step-to-mile calculator using the formula: Total Number of Steps divided by 2112 = Total Number of Miles. This formula is based on the average stride distance of 2 feet 6 inches. If your stride length is longer or shorter than this, your steps-to-miles will calculate differently. Refer to a conversion chart if this is the case. These conversions are only necessary if the distance wasn't recorded automatically on the treadmill.


Always consult a physician before beginning a new workout routine.

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