Perhaps the answer to this is different depending on what you're doing so I thought I'd post it in the general section.
If I stand for a long time or hold a posture for a long time I generally feel fine but eventually dwindle away. At that point if it's been a while since moving I lock up any muscles I've been using in a painful cramp, even if while standing they generally feel quite relaxed. For example I just did San Ti for about 20 mins on one leg and I can hardly move my left arm as its not used to anything like that. It was absolutely fine until the moment I stopped.
I note that when Bruce trained with Wang Shu Jin he fell many times and had to be picked up so I'm thinking it's not all bad.
This tai chi training was a tranformational experience, breaking through one's sense of expectations, releasing stagnant areas in the body, mind and spirit.