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The Best Workout For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

The Best Workout For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

Since ancient times, people looked up in the sky when times turned harsh, looking for some comfort. As they accumulated more knowledge, astrologists were born and the stars began to “speak” to us more and more. Zodiac signs were established and since then we always listen to the horoscope before starting our day. How to find your perfume, how to spend your honeymoon and how to deal with a broken heart, can all be decided based on your zodiac sign.

Before the workouts, let’s find more about astrology and zodiac signs

However, there are skeptics like me who need more in order to believe their destiny is altered by the month of their birth. As always, I turned to science, trying to find a connection between the astrological sign and personality traits. First, there are more and more Americans who do believe in astrology, according to data gathered by the National Science Foundation.

But the really amazing findings are those which link personality traits to birthdays, to be more specific, zodiac signs.

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorders are more common in people born under Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are studied intensively, being two of the most common personality disorders, which affect the patient’s entire life. Some studies looked at the incidence of these ailments among patients and found that people born in January, February and March have the highest risk of developing these conditions. A study conducted at the Queen Mary University of London revealed that January is the month where most schizophrenia patients are born, being closely followed by February and March.

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Suicidal tendencies are more common in people born under Aries and Taurus

Still, in London, another study, this time conducted by St. Helen’s College, University College London and the University of Liverpool found that suicide is more common among people born in April and May. The study found that people born in Aries and Taurus have a 17% more risk of committing suicide, compared to people born under other signs. Out of these, women born in April and May have 13% more chances of becoming suicidal, compared to men born in the same months.

People born under Sagittarius, Aquarius and Capricorn have a lower agreeableness level

There are five main personality traits, according to science: agreeableness, extraversion, openness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness. Agreeableness is that warmth of character, which, according to a study conducted at the University of Tokyo, is not found in people born in December, January, and February.

Men born under Gemini, Cancer and Leo have a lower conscientiousness level

Another personality trait is conscientiousness, which is the ability to be careful. According to a study conducted at the University of Bologna, men born in summer rate lower for this trait. Another interesting find of this study is that people born in autumn or winter are morning people, while those born in spring or summer are “night owls”.

Now that we know horoscope zodiac signs can and do alter our personalities, let’s check the best workouts, according to your astrological sign.

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Aries – Personalized training

Because Aries likes to be the center of attention and is prone to take the competition to another level way too often, a personal trainer is the best option for you.

Taurus – Cardio workout

Taurus natives are sensual and love art, so dance is the best workout for you, as it offers the intense exercise you need and the sensual form you crave.

Gemini – HIIT

Gemini becomes bored very quick, so a high-intensity interval training is exactly what you need. The intense reps and the short reps don’t let you get bored and provide you with the intensive workout you need.

Cancer – Community workouts

This one is a bit harder to explain: Cancer natives love to have other people around, so if you want the best from your training, you should find someone who can become your exercise mate. Pump up the music and start exercising together.

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Leo – Full body workouts

Leo natives are competitive, strong-willed and ready to take up a challenge, so for you, full body workouts are the best pick. Your motivation is never low, so you can pull it off easily, especially if you have other Leo natives around you.

Virgo – Barre workouts

Virgo is critical and this means you love to repeat until it’s perfect. Barre workouts are based on repetition, while they emphasize form and technique, making them perfect for you.

Libra – Kickboxing

Libra is the sign of balance, so kickboxing is going to provide you with the dose of full body workout you need and the opportunity to unleash your wild side.

Scorpio – Running

Scorpio natives are very focused, especially on great goals, so running a marathon is a great workout for you because it uses your focus and your endurance.

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Sagittarius – Rock Climbing

Social and adventurous, Sagittarius natives are going to love rock climbing sessions. These also provide a complete workout and get you out of your comfort zone.

Capricorn – Ironman or mud competitions

Capricorn natives are tough and determined, so training for the notorious Ironman or mud competitions, which are extra tough, is going to provide you with the disciplined workout you need.

Aquarius – Team Sports

Aquarius natives are team players by nature, so team sports are their best pick when it comes to working out. Plus, the competition is going to sparkle your interest.

Pisces – Yoga

Pisces are said to have a slippering personality, but this is not why yoga is the best for you. Yoga helps you connect with your spiritual side and tone your body, during the same exercise.

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Published on October 17, 2019

How to Build Endurance Fast and Enhance Stamina

How to Build Endurance Fast and Enhance Stamina

Day to day we all suffer. Life is hard, have you ever got to work and just stopped right in front of the stairs and just absolutely dreaded the thought of having to go up to them? By the top, you’re out of breath, uncomfortable and sweating.

So, how to build endurance fast and enhance stamina? We will look into the tips in this article.

What Is the Best Exercise for Endurance?

When faced with any exercise venture, we will always ask ourselves “What is the best way to get to our goals?”

Really it does depend. Why do I say this?

There are a lot of variables as to what form of exercise I might recommend for you. Not to worry I just won’t leave it there. I’ll give you examples that will fit for many different scenarios.

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When recommending forms of cardio for people, you have to examine many things like, how long have they been training, their age, any injuries that were diagnosed by a medical professional and just some nagging pains that they may have from overly tight muscles.

When faced with someone who is very under trained, has worked years at a desk, and hasn’t trained in decades, I would recommend a non-impact form of cardio like a bike, elliptical, row, reason being that their muscles, tendons and ligaments aren’t used to bearing hundreds of pounds of impact that is caused every single time we jump, land, run. This same idea would go for someone who has any kind of arthritis in the knees, back etc.

When faced with running, and sprinting, I would recommend these modes of cardio to those clients that have experience with these forms of cardio, whether that be athletes or just casual runners; of course, assuming that they have good running technique and footwear. Without good running technique or footwear, you are bound to run into some sort of injury eventually.

Types of Cardio: LISS Vs HIIT, Which Is Better?

There are two main forms of cardio that people are familiar with or have heard of.

One of them is “LISS” which stands for low intensity steady state. This form of cardio wood be represented by a form of cardio that is not very taxing and doesn’t involve any sort of intervals. A good example would be walking on the treadmill on a slight incline and moderate paced walk that you are able to keep up for approximately an hour.

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Currently on fire, the very well known form of cardio “HIIT” which stands for high intensity interval training. This cardio is very intense and includes spurts of near maximal effort followed by a complete rest or active recovery (walking). Perfect example of a HIIT workout would be interval sprints, sprinting maximal effort for 20 seconds followed by a minute of walking (1:3 work to rest).

Now that you know what they are, you may be asking which one is better for you. And the answer is, both! Both will build your endurance and when we combine both of them into your training protocol, you will build your endurance and stamina even faster than just using one or the other!

Here’s a routine you can take reference of:

Mock Training Week (Novice Trainee)

  • Monday: HIIT sprint (1:3 work to rest) 20 min
  • Tuesday: LISS bike (slight resistance) 60 minute
  • Wednesday: LISS walk (outside if possible) if not slight incline light pace, 60 minutes
  • Thursday: OFF
  • Friday: HIIT row machine(1:2 work to rest) 20 minutes
  • Saturday: LISS walk (outside if possible) if on treadmill small incline, light pace
  • Sunday: OFF

*the allotted work to rest ratio will vary based on the level of physical fitness of the individual

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How to Build Your Physical Endurance

When building a customized cardio program, it is very important to know your baseline level of cardio done via fitness testing. These tests will give you a good measure from where you are starting, so you can easily measure your progress a few months down the road.

If you’re not familiar with exercising programming and really want to train efficiently and with good form, it would be a good idea to hire a Personal Trainer. The trainer will be familiar with performing these types of fitness test and can ensure they are being performed exactly the same each time to ensure accurate results. A Personal Trainer can also help you build a customized cardio program tailored to your goal of building endurance based on your current fitness levels.

How Endurance Is Actually Built

Endurance is actually built by challenging our base fitness of cardio which in turn build our Vo2 Max (most amount of oxygen we can use during exercise), which is the best measure of cardio/endurance.

In order to challenge our endurance, we must make our heart more efficient. A good measure to see if you are improving would be to do a run for 5 minutes at a certain speed on the treadmill and then measure your Heart Rate immediately after; then repeat that exact test 8 weeks down the road to measure your progress that way.

Another good way to measure our progress would be by increasing the difficulty of your workouts weekly/bi-weekly so you can see that you are progressing week to week.

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Final Thoughts

Besides the workout advice above, I suggest you combine all these following quick tips:

  • Eat healthy and unprocessed foods.
  • Challenge your cardio/endurance (train with intensity).
  • Train frequently.
  • Track your progress.
  • Get to a healthy body weight.
  • Build a good cardio program.
  • Have a goal.

Do these consistently because without sustainability, we will not see the most amount of results possible.

Great changes require consistency and hard work. Keep at it and follow your goals, results will come!

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