After 50 years of age your body mechanics slows down which means your stamina levels are no longer reliable, or at least they do not work the way it did when you were in your twenties. Still nowadays we finding more and more elderly people going to gym or doing regular exercise over the local park.
It is true that after 50 you are prone to diseases and your heart and blood circulation are at risk; it is also true that regular exercise minimizes the risks of suffering heart attack. But what if you already had a heart attack will you be confident enough to do weight lifting for instance? Probably no; and your doctor would also advice not to carry to much weight.
Fitness does not only mean muscle and strength, fitness means having a healthy body and sure athletic body may look attractive but there are ways to look healthy.
How to improve fitness levels after 50?
Having a healthy protein rich diet can help to improve your fitness levels. Combining a healthy dose of proteins with medium pace jogging is as good as lifting weights.
Many elderly women prefer swimming and swimming can also improve your fitness levels and doing it regularly not only will burn calories but build muscle, after 50 would take you longer to build muscle but if you are consistence you should see noticeable results in a few months.
Cardio exercise is the best exercise for body, heart and blood circulation and if you cannot run you can walk and walking 10000 steps a day will burn as much calories as lifting weights for 15 minutes. Sure walking 10000 steps would probably take you 1 hour but that is all what is required to burn 500 calories a day.
Generally after 65 most tend to lose their appetite, therefore my best tip that I can give you is to drink plenty of water and it does not mean liquid water, fruits and veggies are also made of water (well every food as water quantities in them, but fruits and veggies are at least 50% water). Plus green products generally are richer in vitamins and minerals which are vital for the body mechanism.