There are approximately 2,000 steps in one mile. This is based on the fact that the average person's stride length is 2.5 feet long. The average sedentary person takes 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day.
There are health initiatives that advocate increasing the number of steps a day for better health. Some experts recommend upping the number to 10,000 steps or five miles a day. There are several ways to increase the number of steps a person takes each day. These include walking the family pet, taking a walk with a companion and using the stairs instead of an elevator.