Token Hetero wrote:At age 41, I still prefer to lift weights to maintain/increase my strength. I do have some flexibility problems and recent injury issues recently, so I've realized that I need to do more than just continue lifting.
I've looked at yoga and found it interesting. I'm considering chinese IMA for similar reasons. Mainly for flexibility/mobility and health reasons.
It seems to me that qigong and its more martial relations provide increased biomechanical abilities and likely improve health via biofeedback techniques. These are both very worthwhile goals, as one ages, and I'm willing to put in the work to improve myself physically/mentally in this fashion. I don't care much for mysticism and I'm very willing to do things with a martial intent.
Start with the basic qiqong recommendations and then find a good teacher.
*Qiqong, for now, will teach good breathing, relaxation, and biofeedback.
*If you can find a good teacher, then you can continue with the 'Martial' art that is heavy on qiqong.
As I've said before here, I want to be able to express power and that's different than simply being strong enough to move a weight. I want flexibility, strength-in-motion, balance, coordination, joint health, etc.
IMO, nothing seems to optimize the body's ability to function better than properly taught CMA/IMA. I have several aches and pains that linger in my body from past years, but I move better now than I did when I was 20. (I'm 34 now) I can hit harder, and I can hit faster. My skill is better. I can keep getting better too, and that's the great thing. I have a long way to go, but when the journey does so much for your body's function now, its well worth the effort.