I am getting old now I was 61 last June, but I keep pretty fit and active with out to much effort, but at times I get lazy and when I am feeling under the weather ill, I am just getting over a slight case, thankfully of Farmers Lung of which has halted my fitness program for 8 weeks or so.
I have always been athletic of which as led to jogging when I became to old to complete on the track. I used to run or jog each day covering a distance of about 5 to 6 miles, when I was 55 one of my friends died of an heart attack, his arteries had harden because of too much strenuous physical fitness. Many years ago I became very interested in martial arts whilst serving in the British Army. I had bought books at that time on Tai Chi of which I found useful in learning a less stressful way of keeping fit, my friends death gave me a wake up call.
The beautiful thing about Tai Chi is you use most of your muscles in your body, its not to strenuous and its completely relaxing, I have a stress related problem where as stress makes my blood clot, so I have to take a baby aspirin a day.
Tai Chi has many values concerning improving ones health in middle age, such as being a safe exercise for those that have a heart condition ;
A statement from an expert:
Classical Tai Chi may be considered as a means to return to childhood. The Internal Discipline of the Form movements first tunes the nervous system in the body so that the complex and powerful internal movements will become natural and spontaneous. In China, a healthy and well-tuned nervous system is considered to be paramount to a healthy body. That is the importance of Qi, see more discussion of Qi in the next question. Physically, the internal movements penetrate to the deep recesses of the torso, stimulating and invigorating the organs and the circulation systems in the torso. Enhancement of the function of the intestine and kidney are immediate when tai chi is played with Internal Discipline. Other benefits are more long term.
The concept and practice of the core element of classical Tai Chi, Internal Discipline, are discussed extensively through out the Tai Chi, is presented here:
Master Stephen Hwa
For those Vine Members that are interested I have found some interesting video's to start you of or to experience the magic of Tai Chi.
Some of the Video's Youtube
TAI CHI SQUARE & ROUND FORM
Internal Discipline in Classical Tai
Internal Discipline in Tai Chi Walk
Tai Chi (Yang Style)
tai chi yang style
Yang Tai Chi 1 Taiji
Yang Tai Chi 2 Taiji Long Form 108
Take your time and be patient, it takes practice