Convert Activity Into Steps 

Use this chart to convert activities that are not easily measured by a pedometer. Multiply the number of minutes you participated in the activity by the number indicated in the chart.  Use only the timed, converted steps for your step count. Do not also include the pedometer steps if you were wearing your pedometer while performing the activity.

PLEASE NOTE: Conversions are estimates; your actual steps may vary

Activities Steps/Minute* Activities Steps/Minute*
Aerobic dancing class 127 Mowing lawn 120
Aerobic fitness class 181 Painting (a room) 78
Aerobics, low impact 125 Pilates 91
Aerobics, step 153 Punching bag 180
Backpacking 181 Raking lawn/leaves 121
Badminton, casual 131 Racquetball, casual 181
Badminton, competitive 203 Racquetball, competitive 254
Ballet dancing 120 Rock climbing  244
Baseball 130 Rollerblading  156
Basketball, game 145 Rowing 147
Basketball, recreational 130 Rowing machine  212
Bicycling, easy pace 130 Rugby 303
Bicycling, moderate pace 170 Running, 12 - minute mile 178
Bicycling, vigorous pace 200 Running, 10 - minute mile 222
Billiards/pool 76 Running, 8 - minute mile  278
Bowling 71 Sailing, boat and board  91
Bowling on the Wii 61 Scrubbing floors  71
Boxing, non-competitive 131 Scuba Diving 203
Boxing, competitive 222 Shopping 70
Calisthenics 106 Shoveling snow 145
Canoeing 91 Skateboarding 102
Cheerleading 100 Skeeball  52
Children's playground game 136 Skiing, light/moderate  109
Circuit training 199 Skiing, cross-country 114
Climbing, rock/mountain 270 Sledding 158
Cooking 61 Snowboarding 182
Croquet 76 Snowmobiling 106
Dancing, class 109 Snowshoeing  181
Dancing, salsa/country/swing 109 Soccer, recreational 181
Dancing, party 109 Soccer, competitive 145
Drill team 153 Softball 152
Electronic sports, Wii/PS3 91 Spinning  200
Elliptical trainer 203 Squash 348
Fencing 182 Stair climbing, machine  200
Firewood-carrying/chopping 60 Stair climbing, down stairs 71
Fishing 91 Stair climbing, up stairs  181
Football 199 Stretching 15
Frisbee 91 Surfing  91
Gardening 80 Swimming, backstroke 181
Golf, carrying clubs 109 Swimming, butterfly 272
Golf, powered cart 80 Swimming, freestyle 181
Grocery shopping 67 Swimming, leisure 174
Gymnastics 121 Swimming, treading water 116
Handball 348 Table tennis 120
Hiking 172 Tae Bo  250
Hiking, orienteering 232 Tae Kwon Do  290
Hockey, field and ice 240 Tai Chi 40
Home/auto repair 91 Tennis 200
Horseback riding 90 Trampoline 90
Horseshoes 71 Vacuuming 94
Housework, light 72 Volleyball 91
Ice skating, general 84 Walking, stroll 61
Ice skating, moderate 122 Walking, average 84
In-line skating 190 Washing a car 71
Jogging 181 Water aerobics 116
Judo & Karate 236 Water polo 303
Jumping rope, fast 300 Water skiing 145
Jumping rope, moderate 250 Waxing a car 80
Kayaking 152 Weight lifting 67
Kickball 212 Wrestling 145
Kickboxing 290 Yard work 89
Lacrosse 242 Yoga 45
Miniature golf 91
Mopping 60

 * Steps/Minute equals steps per minute.

Sources: America on the Move; Healthy Steps to Albany; Concordia Plan Services.

 
Resources
Purdue Sports Teams

During practice of the Purdue softball team:

The total number of steps taken by the team was 95,602 steps.
Average was 5,975 steps per person.
The most steps taken during the practice was Liz Allum with 8,300 steps.

During practice of the Purdue women's soccer team:

The total number of steps taken by the team was 66,996 steps.
Average was 4,187.25 steps per person.
The most steps taken during the workout was Jessica Stellhorn with 5,985 steps.

During practice of the Purdue men's tennis team:

The total number of steps taken by the team was 69,265 steps.