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Strength training is one tip many beauty gurus forget to mention. While anti-aging serums, toning lotions and supplements can be effective for achieving desirable skin, strength training is beneficial for both retaining a youthful appearance and physical mobility.

Women can lose up to 20 percent of bone mass following menopause. If you’re lactose intolerant, like 70 percent of African Americans, you may not be consuming enough calcium. Poor bone health can put you at a higher risk of osteoporosis. A depletion of skin elasticity is another natural cause of aging. Building muscle is a great way to tighten your skin and maintain healthy bones.

Still not sold on strength training? Consider the following benefits and tips for your beginner’s guide to strength training:

1. If you limit your training, you limit your results.

Women are known to avoid strength training because they mostly see men doing it. But, strength training isn’t exclusive to men. It benefits everyone. A common mistake many women make is limiting their workouts to cardio because they believe strength training is equivalent to bodybuilding. While cardio is heart healthy and great for building endurance, it can lead to having excess skin if you’re looking to lose more than a few pounds.

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