When I turned 64 it started to make me think about my overall health and well being. I bet you are too.
I exercised all my young life. When I went to university I taught exercise classes, part-time, to make some money. I exercised religiously as the years went on, though I was more into power walking in my 30’s than sit ups and took up Tai Chi as well. Then I started my own business 7 years ago, a web design company, and, yes, I sit at the computer all day.
Exercise, not so much.
The morning I turned 64 I started thinking about my lack of exercise. I have been noticing I have less energy, more aches, weird feelings in my legs, etc. So I thought it was time I get back into exercising. This made me wonder how I should start back into it, which made me think that I should share with you the levels us boomers should look at when we start to work out. Please note, these are only my suggestions. You should always consult a doctor first.
First Level Suggestion
If you have been inactive for a long period of time, like years, you may want to start out with just stretching. One of the best practices to start with, in my opinion, is Qigong and Tai Chi. I love how it makes me feel both mentally and physically.
I have now being doing Tai Chi again for the past 2 years. I feel stronger as well as calmer. I wanted to share this with you and here is a great book to get started.
Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style, Revised Edition: The Complete Form Qigong
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) is a slow and relaxed moving meditation. It is also a sophisticated martial arts system. Through practicing Taijiquan, you are able to calm down the mind, locate your spiritual center, and consequently find your entire being. From the relaxed moving exercise, you can bring your physical body into an ultimate level of relaxation and natural ease, resulting in smooth Qi (inner energy) and blood circulation. This is a key to maintaining health and recovering from sickness.
This book is an in-depth guide for beginners to learn Taijiquan properly. It offers a general plan for practicing Taijiquan, and then goes into great depth to present enough content for proper learning.
Tai Chi is though of as yoga and meditation combined. It is also referred to as walking meditation. I hope you will enjoy it.