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Buffalo Magazine: Home

Temperatures are hovering in the single digits and it’s snowing — again. Do you really want to bundle up and slog through slushy streets to the gym? Or worse, run outside? If you don’t want your fitness routine to falter during Buffalo’s long winter or if you want to set new, realistic goals this year, there’s a bevy of home workout equipment that will get results and k…

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

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: 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: Home

As a Southern transplant, I’ve learned to survive Buffalo winters. The best part? Appreciating the glorious days of summer when they finally arrive, in a way I never could before. When the thermometer edges toward 70, I understand why Buffalonians flock to the lake, the festival, the outdoor concert. At the same time, I know many soak up all that summer has to offer in the…

Buffalo Magazine: Style

Do you envy participants on home makeover TV shows or salivate while flipping through shelter magazines? Everything looks so dazzling and new, but you can’t justify the expense of an interior redo. Don’t despair. You can jazz up any room with style swaps that carry a powerful punch. Pamela Witte, owner of White Orchard Home Furnishings in Orchard Park, said some of her …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

At a time when complaints about stress and busyness are as ubiquitous as long drive-thru lines for your morning latte, it’s no wonder that more people — especially women — are seeking spiritual retreats. Whether it’s a weekend steeped in prayer or five days of intensive yoga and meditation, retreats offer a much-needed respite from urgent texts and emails, the demands of c…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

In this harried era of modern parenting, much of our free time is spent watching children’s organized sports, gymnastics or dance classes from the sidelines. As for our own fitness, we might squeeze in a quick trip to the gym or jump on the treadmill for 20 minutes — if we’re lucky. Exercising as a family? Not so much. However, with a little thought and effort, quality …

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

You’re out on a Saturday evening and feeling great — until you step into a pothole and sprain an ankle. Your primary doctor isn’t available and a trip to a hospital emergency room seems extreme for what’s puffy and painful but not dire. Plus you’ll probably wait for hours and have to pay more out of pocket. Besides toughing it out until Monday, you have another choice: …

Buffalo Magazine: Home

Freshly built homes are like haute couture — they provide the latest, trendiest and most sought-after features. And those features are fluid. As hemlines and pant widths change through the years, so do bathroom designs, cabinet colors and space-saving must-haves. Here are some of the features that today’s home buyers are demanding — and how local homebuilders are respon…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

While some seniors view moving to smaller, simpler living quarters as a loss — of possessions, a lifestyle or a family home — more and more see it as pure freedom. After all, without a sprawling house and yard to maintain, they can spend more time on experiences: pursuing hobbies, traveling, entertaining or visiting family. Isabel Robitaille, owner of Robitaille Real…

The “aha” moment that prompts a commitment to a formal weight loss program can take many forms — an unflattering picture that reveals the body you’ve denied you inhabit, or maybe a terse directive from your doctor: drop the extra weight or face medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. For Jennifer Kiener, a 41-year-old Clarence mother of four, her “aha” …

Buffalo Magazine: Travel

For many Western New York families, the much-needed respite following a brutal winter means a trip to central Florida. With direct flights from Buffalo to Orlando and days of fun to be had at major theme parks, what’s not to love? For many families, it’s the cost: the average week with Mickey and the princesses will set you back $5,000 for a family of four. But there is…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

For many families, sports are a step away from the mind-numbing, obesity-fueling world of electronics and a way to develop physical skills while learning to win and lose with grace. But along with that comes the threat of injury — from the minor to the cataclysmic — that can sideline a child for a season, or alter his life forever. During one of his son’s football g…

many of them important and very much worth keeping, others that are vital only to me. There are some I would prefer not to share: that I rarely make my bed unless someone will see it; that sometimes I forget to feed the fish or put out fresh water for the cat.And then there is the secret I was recently asked to keep. It is a horrible secret that leads me to wonder why anyo…