Tai Chi For Diabetes: The Perfect Workout For Body And Mind

Tai Chi is becoming a more and more popular means of exercise and relaxation but did you know that there is a specific program of Tai Chi for Diabetes? It is specifically designed with diabetic patients in mind.

For anyone who doesn’t know what Tai Chi is, it’s a traditional Chinese mind-body relaxation exercise consisting of intricate exercise sequences performed in a slow and relaxed manner over a 30 minute period. So you may be asking yourself…what does Tai Chi and Diabetes have to do with one another?

Anyone who knows anything about Diabetes knows that in order to properly control diabetes you have to exercise. Diabetes and Fitness must go hand in hand if you want to lead a long happy life.

Reduce Your Risk For Depression With Tai Chi

Stress induced depression is a major risk factor for diabetic patients. More than just providing exercise, Tai Chi for Diabetes places a strong emphasis on mental relaxation. Although most if not all forms of exercise could be considered a stress reducer…Tai Chi directly focuses on relaxing the mind and body.

Improve Diabetic Neuropathy with Tai Chi

Diabetic Neuropathy is caused by small fiber nerve damage causing the patient to be less mobile and off balance. Tai Chi for Diabetics works on improving mobility and balance in the areas that are prone to Diabetic Neuropathy.

How Do I Learn Tai Chi?

If you are like me, you don’t really know anyone that practices Tai Chi to be able to ask them for some pointers. I found the name of a doctor who specializes in Tai Chi For Diabetes by the name of Dr. Paul Lam.

Dr. Paul Lam has put together an instructional DVD which will teach you the finer points of Tai Chi for Diabetes. I checked out his website and along with the video he suggests that you find an instructor who understands the disease diabetes. This could be done by either contacting your local diabetes foundation or by contacting Dr. Paul Lam’s office directly for assistance.

What Will You Learn From The Tai Chi for Diabetes DVD?

  • What is Tai Chi?
  • What is Diabetes?
  • How Does Tai Chi Work for Diabetes?
  • Precautions
  • Warm-up Exercises
  • Revised Warm-up Exercises
  • Qigong for Diabetes
  • The Basic Set
  • The Advanced Set
  • Wind-down Exercises
  • How to Improve Your Tai Chi

I’m always looking for ways to increase my physical activity as well as finding a healthy way of relieving stress, both of which are a huge benefit for my diabetes. I feel that Tai Chi for Diabetes will do just that.

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