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Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

It’s the inevitable winter conundrum: Your dog craves outdoor activity, but frigid temps rule out anything longer than strictly business. When hunkering down inside becomes a matter of your furry friend’s safety, resigning to boredom or unchecked energy isn’t the only option! Keep your pet happy — and entertained — with these made-for-indoors ideas. Play hide and seek Of…

Health and Fitness

When Michael Kearns looked at the analytics of his 142nd Assembly District three years ago, he didn't like what he saw in terms of health and well-being. Erie County – including much of the Southtowns and Buffalo, which make up the district – ranked 54th out of 62 counties in the New York State health rankings. It would fall to 57th the following year. Despite ebbs a…

Food and Drink

By Emily Wood – Contributing Writer If you are like 30 percent of Americans, your New Year's Resolution is to lose weight – but with so many diets out there, how do you know which one to choose? There are so many it would make anyone’s head spin. Most of these diets seem to emphasize protein as the main component in helping to aid weight loss, claiming it increases s…

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Laurie Laugeman has seen plenty of changes in the workplace during a 34-year nursing career in places that include private residences, nursing homes, Buffalo Hospice and, for the last four years, the medical telemetry and neurological unit at Sisters of Charity Hospital. One of the most welcome is a growing willingness among her colleagues to embrace a mind-body-spirit app…

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New Year motivation levels at the gym always start out on a high note, but boredom and monotony can quickly set in. That’s where new programs and gyms like CKO Kickboxing come in. Newly opened in Amherst, CKO offers a cardio-based group exercise program that’s appropriate for all fitness levels. “You won’t waste time thinking about what to do, or waiting for equipmen…

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As we age, the muscle around the lens in our eyes diminishes in strength and doesn’t allow us to focus up close the way we used to. “It’s an unavoidable anatomical change,” says Dan Leberer, optician and co-owner at Visualeyes. The question becomes how to deal with it. Most people’s first solution is to grab what are essentially a pair of magnifying glasses — commonl…

Buffalo Magazine: Wellness

I feel I should start this piece by mentioning my own (one-day’s worth) background in snowmobiling. It involved: Hitchhiking from Hamburg to Springville during a high school Christmas break; Being properly dressed for neither hitchhiking nor snowmobiling; Vowing to never do either again as long as I live. That said, after talking to a few avid local snowmobil…

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The announcement did not seem real. Producers with The Biggest Loser television show decided to open another health and wellness resort, and it was going to Java Center. “There was a lot of disbelief that it was happening,” Sandra Schoellkopf said. “People didn’t know how we were having this world spotlight on Java Center, N.Y.” It was Schoellkopf’s persistence five …

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When Ashlee Lonergan, 32, was looking for a catchy, meaningful and inspiring name to call her new fitness studio in Hamburg, she kept writing words and phrases down on a piece of paper. Gym. Fitness. Grungy. Hard work. Nothing seemed to fit. Then, Lonergan thought of “grit.” Something about the sound of the word resonated with her, and she quickly Googled its definit…

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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

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…

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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…