Tai Chi Improves Balance and Mobility Among Obese Diabetics

Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts, was found to improve balance and mobility among obese older adults with type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that impaired mobility and balance among this group may be related to their low muscle power, which results from their inability to quickly contract their muscles.

Tai Chi is very low impact, making it easy on the body, yet it provides many health benefits. Other studies have shown that tai chi stimulates the central nervous system, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, tones muscles and helps with digestion and waste elimination.

For those who are obese, diabetic, or both, starting an exercise program is one of the best things you can do for your health. For some tips on how to get started, and exercise to get the maximum benefits, check out Exercise Benefits for You.

Diabetes Care September 2006

Yahoo News September 7, 2006

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