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R.C. Staab

UP2 Sand Twist

R.C. Staab
My dog Cotton has outlived the vet's life expectancy prediction partially due to his four daily walks which amount to at least 3,000 human steps a day (and who knows how many canine steps).

With the most advanced mass transit system in the nation, plus taxis, Uber and Lyft, getting around New York City doesn't always require putting leather to the pavement, especially when there's two feet of snow on the ground.

What I would miss if I didn't reach my 15,000 daily step average: walking three and a half miles on a balmy Christmas Eve to Washington Square to sing carols; traversing Central Park under the majestic autumn trees with my wife and dogs; dodging tourists and bikers walking across the Brooklyn Bridge or casually enjoying the iconic sights of the city on a five-mile trip from Uptown to Midtown to Downtown, from Lincoln Center to Broadway to Herald Square to Greenwich Village to Soho.

As a long-time fitness enthusiast, I appreciate my UP band's reminder to make it happen each day. So do my dogs—sort of. At 14.5 years old, my Havanese, Cotton, is not enthused by his walk regime. A year ago he was diagnosed with severe heart disease, followed by congestive heart failure. Yet, I firmly believe that my dog Cotton has outlived the vet's life expectancy prediction partially due to his four daily walks which amount to at least 3,000 human steps a day (and who knows how many canine steps).