Fitness

How biking impacts climate change

By Shannon Traphagen Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, is marked by leaders, citizens, organizations, and even bicycling companies, who want to help fight climate change. Our planet is currently under siege from carbon emissions and losing over 15 billion trees each year due to deforestation, land development, and bad forest management, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The meanin... »

What Your Heart Rate is Telling You

What Your Heart Rate is Telling You Celebrate Heart Health Month with Orangetheory Fitness Heart-rate monitoring is undoubtedly the latest fitness craze. More often than not, you spot joggers on the street so consumed in the state-of-the-art equipment plastered on their wrist that they risk running in the road in the middle of oncoming traffic. Or you visit a tech-savvy fitness facility with heart... »

Get Out and Move: Tai Chi

By Annette Pinder               This summer I watched a group of people perform tai chi at the Elmwood art festival. Completely synchronized with one another, they were engaged in a slow and gentle silent dance. Often referred to as a “meditation in motion,” I had heard that tai chi was good for you and decided to find out why. I enrolled in a beginner class at t... »

Get out and Explore

By Shannon Traphagen The idea of being active in colder weather isn’t always appealing. But February is heart health month and maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires that we keep our bodies moving. Fortunately, Buffalo has many fun heart-healthy activities to try even when it’s cold outside.   Visit Explore and More Children’s Museum in East Aurora the first and third Saturday monthly from 11 a.... »

How to Overcome Workout Fatigue

  Regular exercise provides a host of immediate and long-term benefits. Those who exercise regularly can maintain healthy weights while reducing their risk for illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While exercise can make people more energetic throughout the day, some might find themselves battling fatigue during their workouts. Muscle fatigue is a normal side effect of exerc... »

There’s an app for that–Getting healthy in the New Year

By Shannon Traphagen “Mindfulness comes in many forms, but it never has to be all or nothing.” This is the mantra of Allison Hagendorf, partner of the Time to Tone mobile health app which recently launched in November. A national television personality, certified health coach and behavior change specialist, and creator of FitToFeast.com, Hagendorf knows a thing or two about making better life choi... »

Reddy Bikeshare Program

Reddy Bikeshare Program in the City of Buffalo Wraps Up a Successful First Season Shared Mobility Inc. and Independent Health officials pleased with year-one results and look forward to increased membership and expansion in 2017 BUFFALO, N.Y. , January 5, 2017 – Shared Mobility, Inc. and Independent Health today announced final results for the first season of the new Reddy bikeshare program in the... »

Shake that Booty! Hip Hop Aerobics!

Hip-Hop Dance Aerobics is All The Rage By Shannon Traphagen Working out doesn’t have to be boring – and it isn’t when you set foot inside a class taught by Rishone Todd and Susie Kushner, energetic dance instructors who derive sheer joy from a unique form of exercise integrating hip-hop dance and aerobics. Hip-hop dance aerobics is a blast – just ask the enthusiastic students who follow them every... »

Children Are Not Small Adults – Youth Sports Injuries

Children are not small adults when it comes to youth sports injuries. by Peter L. Gambacorta, D.O. A dramatic increase in the number of youth involved in organized sports took place in the 1970s with the enactment of Title 9, which prohibited sex bias in school sports. While Title 9 equalized opportunities for kids, it also resulted in an increase in the number of injuries. The National Youth Spor... »

Is It Safe to Exercise During Pregnancy?

Exercise can pay big dividends for women who are pregnant Exercise plays a vital role in long-term health. When combined with a healthy diet, exercise can help men, women and children lower their risk for injury and potentially debilitating diseases like diabetes and heart disease. “Exercise can even pay dividends for women who are pregnant,” says Ashley Draper, of Jada Blitz Training. Draper, who... »

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