Thursday, July 14, 2005

All About the Treadmill

Treadmills are one of the most popular pieces of exercise
equipment that are available for sale currently. Buying a
treadmill is easy but it can be quite expensive. At then
end of the day though, purchasing a treadmill can provide
you with a plethora of health benefits. Treadmills allow you
to embark on a sustained training program to improve your
fitness so that you can participate in a wide range of
sports or and other general fitness activities. Treadmills
can help you to maintain your own endurance levels, help you
to burn off extra calories, and can help you to maintain
your weight. It is very important before you begin that you
undertake a treadmill evaluation so that you direct your
training in the correct way.

Important Treadmill features that are important to know
about before you purchase a treadmill include:

The Motor: A motorized treadmill has an inbuilt motor that
makes the belt and lift operate. A bonus of motorized
treadmills is that they let you raise and lower the incline
easily. With motors you can change the pace of your workout
how you need it to be.

Horsepower: The horsepower is the measure of the treadmill~s
motor. If it has a continuous horsepower it is how well it
works continuously without lagging. The peak horsepower is
how much power it can get for a quick burst.

Incline: The incline mimics the natural human style of
walking and running. Manual inclines let you speed the belt
up yourself and you quicken your pace. Power inclines lets
you adjust the incline by the machine so that you have to
keep up yourself.

Belts/Decks: You know the belts and decks area also
important. A thicker belt gives you more cushion for your
legs and feet. Short belts give you a faster pace and many
people enjoy these if they want a harder faster workout.

Speed: Most treadmills offer speed ranges of 0 to 10 mph
and most people walk in the 3-6 mph range.

Computer Controls: Treadmills all have some type of
computer control to keep them going. Many have odometers
and speedometers and some even have pre-programmed

Jocelyn Woodbury is the webmaster of DP Treadmills which is a premier source of information about Treadmills. For questions or comments about this article, please

Monday, July 11, 2005

What is Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to rejuvenate your
skin. In the professional technique, the top layers of
dead skin cells are removed by sandblasting the skin with
very fine crystals of aluminum-oxide with other chemicals.
It can reduce, facial marks, wrinkles and lines. It makes
the skin look and feel younger by allowing the surface to
be new and clean. The aesthetician removes the top layer
of the dead skin during treatment and helps in the
production of new cells. The results of the
Microdermabrasion will continue for three to six weeks.

You can start thinking for microdermabrasion if you wish to
rejuvenate your skin or make it look younger. You will be
an ideal patient for this treatment if you have minor
surface scars or slight pigmentation or spots problems.
Microdermabrasion will not be effective if you have severe
scars or spots, infection of herpes recently and other

During the procedure the skin is sandblasted using ultra-
fine crystals of aluminum-oxide or other chemicals. The
aesthetician uses a wand like device that will suction
inside the skin. He will control the level of blast and the
suction. As it is a painless treatment, anesthesia is
generally not used. Patients will need to wear goggles to
protect their eyes during treatment. The duration of the
treatment vary according to the portion of body being
treated. It will last around 30 minutes if only face is
done while it can last for more than 1 hour if neck and
chest are also included.

Advanced and sophisticated equipments is used for
Microdermabrasion. There are many types of machines
available for this treatment. the type of equipment that
is used for you will depend on your skin type, and your
desired results. Machines can be distinguished from each
other according to the coarseness of the abrasion and the
chemicals they with the sandblasting. It will also vary
according to the velocity needed.

The slight irritation or wind burnt sensation that is
experienced during the treatment can last for a few hours.
Skin that turns into a pink color usually can last for a
day. In severe cases it will stay for a couple of days. As
this treatment is done during a short period, it is also
known as "lunch-time" peel. Patients can directly return to
their normal work once the treatment is over.

The difficulties and complications in this treatment are
very low because very advanced and sophisticated tools
being used. Most patients feel hardly any pain or
experience any bleeding or hyper pigmentation during or
after the treatment. but these are complications possible.
Some care should be taken, because there is a risk of
infection, especially if the machine is not sterilized