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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Dull and dry doesn’t just describe Buffalo’s January social scene—it also applies to our sad, listless skin, hair and nails. “Everything slows down in the winter,” explains hairstylist Chelsey Merrill of Crown Buffalo salon. “Your nails and hair grow slower in winter. We go into hibernation.” Fortunately, local skin and hair experts understand how to combat the inevi…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Five years ago, Cheektowaga resident John Maher’s idea of exercise was doing household chores. “Regular exercise was pretty nonexistent,” he admits. Now, you can find the 60-year-old salesman at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA at least five days a week doing strength-training, cycling or taking a Pilates class. He initially went to the Y after winning a free 1…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way, on purpose and in the present moment. If that sounds deceptively simple, annoying even, you’re not alone. I’ve haphazardly tried various meditation and relaxation techniques only to later abandon them in a humph. But after talking with local experts, I learned that mindfulness is a skill—like riding a b…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Nancy Hall of East Aurora never imagined her life as it is today. Any plans she had were inexorably altered on the night of May 21, 2000. Before then, Nancy was a mother of five children. She home-schooled, ran a day-care business, waited tables, coached little league and was president of the PTA once her children were enrolled in public school. While riding with her hu…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Art plays a lot of different roles for a lot of different people. Art is entertainment, expression, status, spectacle, devotion, documentation and countless other meaningful, powerful positions. Art can also be healing. This notion, backed by a growing body of research, is at the heart of a handful of programs inside Western New York hospitals that help people feel a…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

As the co-owner of Campus Wheelworks in the Elmwood Village, Alex Davies has been exposed to various forms of cycling over the years. But when he first ventured into the world of cyclocross, he really had no idea what to expect. “The first race I did, I just kind of showed up on a random hybrid bike that I put knobby tires on,” explains Davies. “I went and gave it a try…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

November 3rd marks the date we adjust our clocks back one hour…and many Western New Yorkers say goodbye to that extra hour of daylight with dread. If you’re one who has trouble mustering the energy to do any more after work in the winter than perch on your couch for a binge watch, and the comfort foods can’t get delivered to your door fast enough, you’re not alone. Seas…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Few things are as synonymous with summer as a bicycle ride in the sunshine. Slow or fast, fancy or garage-sale find, a bike gives the rider permission to take in the sights and sounds that whir by unnoticed in a car. Whether you’re 5 or 55, now is as good a time as any to start enjoying the world on two wheels—so we rounded up five local routes ideal for beginner bicycl…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Picture a birder—aka someone who’s into the hobby of birding—and you probably imagine a gray-haired figure clad in cargo shorts, a pocketed vest and Tilley hat. While that image may be historically true, these days a birder is just as likely to be an Instagramming, skinny-jeans-wearing millennial. “It’s legit like real life Pokémon Go,” says avid birder Nathan Johnson, …

Buffalo Magazine: Home & Style

Wake up feeling tired and stiff? We’ve all been there. Often, we’re not sure where to turn for solutions, and answers can be conflicting. Salespeople, it seems, will always say you need to replace your sleep setup—mattress, pillows or sheets—but what’s the real deal? In the end, it comes down to comfort. If you’re waking up feeling anything but well-rested, that’s the b…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Stress. We all experience it—it’s just a matter of how much. With work, family, striving to be healthier and trying to have a social life on top of it all, well, life gets to be a whole lot of crazy daily balancing. The most important gift we can give ourselves to combat stress is a good night’s sleep, and that begins with relaxation. Here are three techniques to foster th…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In the past six months, it seems as though CBD has exploded on the Buffalo area. Stores along most of the major thoroughfares in the city advertise its products, and a few small stores exclusively selling it have even opened. But what exactly is CBD? The initials stand for Cannabidiol, a chemical component of the marijuana plant—but it differs from THC, which is the par…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Getting in better shape is an investment of both time and money. Fortunately, many of WNY’s most unique fitness studios are willing to offer free or deeply discounted classes for newcomers looking to try the workout before making a long-term commitment. Our rundown, here. Barre Centric Clarence, East Aurora and downtown Buffalo The skinny: First class is free …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

With so much technology comes so many easy ways to be in touch when dating. So what’s the best way to contact your new love interest? The preferred way these days—especially early on—seems to be texting. There is nothing more convenient, non-intrusive—and safe—than a text message. But the perfect combination of texts and phone calls at the ideal frequency are the ingred…