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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Imagine climbing the steps to the church, your heart heavy with sorrow as you prepare to attend the funeral of a loved one who has passed. As you open the door and enter, a friendly face asks, “Would you like a venti cappuccino?” Likewise, imagine departing the church after attending a service for a friend who was an avid lifelong motorcyclist. As you pull into line for…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Let’s face it: fitness can be boring — likely why there’s always a hot new class or program to keep people motivated. The latest to hit Buffalo? Drum workouts like POUND that combine a fast, full-body workout with the fun of being a rock star. Judy Siniscalchi, owner of Garage Fitness Studio in Angola, said the workouts are pretty straightforward: Participants use drums…

Buffalo Magazine: Food + Drink

Not too long ago, fast food only meant fried goodies and chicken patties made from questionable animal parts. If you wanted something healthier, there weren’t many fast options to accommodate…or you made do with the meager “healthy” options on menus like dried-out salads or a plain grilled chicken breast — minus the bun. But a recent surge of fast take-out restaurants i…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

I know nothing about solo travel. OK, I take that back. I do know experience is the best teacher, and I have a long way to go. This became evident when I joined a Facebook group, The Solo Female Traveler Network, and my newsfeed ballooned with posts about places I’ve never been and, in some cases, places I’d never heard of. My solo travel has been totally domestic: r…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Rick Hamister had heard all the talk about yoga being only for women. But he’d seen his son’s soccer team incorporate it into their post-game routine, so he knew there were some benefits. On the advice of his good friend, Steve Bell, Hamister made the leap into practicing yoga two years ago. He hasn’t looked back. “I always thought yoga was a woman’s slow moving stretch…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The old knock on Western New York focuses on our weather. Buffalo, that tundra-filled wasteland somewhere west of New York City. It’s a tired thought, and not very accurate. A more realistic take is that Buffalo’s weather varies greatly. We regularly see gorgeous, sun-kissed skies in summer. Yes, we do get walloped with snow on occasion, evidenced by some recent winter …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When Chris Burns first entered Impact Sports Performance in the HarborCenter, he felt overweight, exhausted, and overwhelmed. With a demanding job in the state court system and twin toddlers at home, the Grand Island resident hadn’t made exercise a priority in a long time. “I wanted to find a place where I could train my then 38-year-old body. I wasn’t looking for a spe…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Long after many of us have turned in for the evening, their night is just beginning. These men are also weekend warriors, rising early on a Saturday morning just to play the game they grew up loving as a child. From Riverworks to Lockport and everywhere in between, the hockey rinks of Western New York are full of grown men who continue to be intoxicated by the game of hock…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

When the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas first aired in 1965, our young protagonist confessed to his friend Linus that he felt depressed and empty, that the holidays had become too commercialized. The show may have had a happy ending — with all the Peanut characters gathered around Charlie singing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing — but Charlie may not feel bett…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Pet parents know that feeding from the table isn’t the best everyday idea…but it’s hard to resist indulging in a holiday season exception. In case you want to bend the rules this Thanksgiving, here’s a crash course in what foods you can sneak your dog or cat — and what you should steer clear of for their safety. All in moderation It’s always best to follow a less-is-more…

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Forget sinking into a rocking chair and watching the world whiz past. Seniors from their early 60s through their 90s want to stay active and pursue multiple passions — be it gentle yoga or kayaking. Developers of the area’s senior rental housing have taken note. Last December, Mary Behnke, 75, swapped her apartment of 10 years for a spot in Forestview Active Living, a 9…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Parents’ wellness often takes a backseat to their children’s activities. Running from school to music lessons and from playdates to the soccer field can make it challenging to carve out "me-time" for exercise. That can leave parents and caregivers feeling even more depleted. One local organization had that in mind when they organized and overlapped their Saturday mo…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

The connection between holiness and health is a sentiment that has resonated across faiths forever. But as the American list of lifestyle-related illnesses like heart disease and obesity grows longer than a Lutheran Christmas carol, faith and fitness leaders around the country are coming up with new ways to help the faithful rehab those neglected temples. The premise is…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Aimee, Liz, Sonya and Meghan. These four Western New York women are 40 and over with families and leadership roles in health-related professions whose work weeks far exceed 40 hours. And all of them count workouts as appointments not to be missed. These aren’t superwomen. They don’t have entourages to handle their have-tos. They’ve just been relentless in their pursu…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

Sometimes it takes a little while for trends to catch up in WNY. But, when they do, they really do. Right now we’re in the midst of a burgeoning mass of bike trails — both on-road (a.k.a. streetscape bicycle lanes), and off-road hike/bike paths. I’ll admit to being a latecomer, rejoining the area’s cyclists three summers ago. But with the abundance of trails/paths an…