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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 November 21, 2019

7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

Maybe you like going on walks in your neighborhood or hiking in the park, taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Or, perhaps you like to push yourself with spin classes and work up a real sweat. It could be that basketball at a local recreation league is your thing. And even though you enjoy these activities and you like the way you feel when you are doing them, somehow lately, you haven’t been able to muster up the energy to participate.

There’s a “catch-22” that often happens when you’re wanting to work out, but you are not in the mood. Working out will boost your mood[1] and make you feel better, but because of your current mood, you don’t want to work out. Does this conundrum sound familiar?

Anyone can get stuck in this rut from time to time. It could be that work has been taking too much out of you, or your family and personal commitments are eating up a lot of your time and energy. You’ve got to find a way to break out of this cycle. Getting your groove back requires finding a way to getting back to working out; you need a way to get started again.

How can you get started? Use one of the following hacks to get you back on track. Find one or two of the ideas on this list that speak to you and that you think you can easily implement. Once you get your workout mojo back, you’ll be surprised at not only how much better you can feel in a short amount of time, but how much better everything will seem.

Here are 7 ways to motivate yourself to work out:

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1. Don’t Get Sucked into the Black Hole of the Couch

As soon as you come in the door from work, get your workout clothes on and hit the door. If you sit down on the comfy sofa, it will take more fortitude to get yourself going. Think of your sofa as quicksand and don’t get pulled into the trap.

It’s a simple law of physics — Newton’s first law:[2] an object at rest tends to stay at rest; an object in motion tends to stay in motion. You can come nestle into the comfy couch after your workout. But first, while you’re in motion from your day, stay in motion and your get your workout in.

2. Find an Accountability Partner

Studies show that having an accountability partner greatly increases your exercise frequency and success.[3] Talk to some of your friends and find someone who is interested in your same schedule. Maybe you have a friend who would love to hike early morning before work, or maybe you know someone that would like to hit a dance class right after work ends. Knowing that you have to meet someone else will make you think twice about blowing off your workout.

You don’t have to have all your workouts include your partner, but even if you meet this person once a week, that will give you a boost to want to keep your workout going on other days. If you really feel that you need an accountability partner all the time, then find 2-3 people and meet them 2-3 times a week.

One caveat: if your accountability partner cancels on you, be prepared for that and keep to your schedule. Everyone has things come up every now and then, but if you find your partner is frequently trying to cancel or reschedule, you probably need to find a new partner.

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3. Or, Make Yourself an Accountability Partner

Commit to 30 days of an exercise plan. Look at your calendar and plan out which days and times you are going to work out, including what that workout will be. Allow yourself two “do-overs” for random life events or illness, but only two.

For example, let’s say you have on your calendar that you are going to go to a spin class after work on a Tuesday, but a family member calls whose car broke down and you have to go assist. You will rearrange that date of your spin class and find a different date to put it on the calendar, but you only want to do that for necessary external life events. Hitting the snooze button because you woke up too tired isn’t a good excuse.

If you can stick to 30 days of this plan, it should feel more like a habit and be simpler going forward as you reap the benefits of feeling better, mood boost, and more energy.

4. Integrate Some Mini-Movement into Your Day

If you go into work and sit at a desk most of the day, it will feel good to get out and move your muscles afterwards. But sometimes it seems difficult to get out of that sedentary rut. One solution is staying in touch with your body all throughout the day.

Set a few timers on your phone during the day, and when they go off, take a few minutes to do different physical movements. Stretching, doing forward bends or side bends are some ideas. You can stand against the wall and “peel” off of it, feeling each vertebra and releasing your lower back.Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes around. Do calf raises, standing up and lifting your heels up and down.

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These small movements done 2-3 times throughout your workday may seem insignificant, but they will keep your attuned to your physical self a bit more, so that you will be more motivated to have some bigger, longer, “real” workout sessions. Think of them as appetizers and your workout is the big meal.

5. Eat Something Fresh

Speaking of big meal, what we eat and drink is related to how we feel. So if you’re not eating particularly well these days, commit to at least eating one fresh item daily. Maybe you have an apple as an afternoon snack. Perhaps you fix a nice salad to go along with your dinner.

Sometimes, we’re so busy on the run that we don’t realize we’ve not been eating as fresh as we’d like. By making the conscious choice to seek out some fresh food, you’re taking care of yourself which in turn will make you think about those same kinds of choices when it comes to exercise. Another benefit is that if you’re eating well, you may feel “lighter” and have more energy to work out.

6. Create an Alter Ego

It may sound kind of crazy at first, but employing the use of an alter ego can be a great way to break out of a habit or create some life changes you desire. In his book The Alter Ego Effect, Todd Herman illustrates how an Alter Ego is a mental trick to improve your life. Many famous entertainers have used alter egos to overcome stage fright.

How could this work for you? You may be too tired to work out at the end of the day, but your alter ego isn’t. Let’s say you create a character named “Ironman.” Sure, when you come in from a long day at work, you can talk yourself into wanting to relax on the couch. But Ironman doesn’t feel that way — he’s ready to throw on his sneakers and go for a run!

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7. Water, Water Everywhere

Sometimes the simplest rules are the most important. We all know we are supposed to be hydrated throughout the day. But if you’re busy all day at work, and you’ve nursed a big tumbler of coffee all morning, suddenly it might be early afternoon and you realize you haven’t had any water today.

Drinking water boosts mood and decreases fatigue.[4] These two factors will help you in your quest to find the motivation for your workout.

Make sure you’re getting your water intake all throughout the day, and if you’ve had coffee, drink some extra water to counteract the dehydrating effect of it.

Final Thoughts

So, how are you planning to get going this week? Go pour yourself a big glass of water, get out your calendar, and think about what types of workouts you want to do.

Whether you call a friend and ask him/her to be an accountability partner, or whether you sketch out an alter ego for yourself so you can harness your power, you can use a hack to get you back on the track of being motivated to work out.

You know how good you feel when you do, so give yourself that gift. You don’t have to wait until tomorrow — go get your sneakers on!

Featured photo credit: Jonathan Borba via unsplash.com

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