Whether you read your horoscope every day or you don't fully buy into the idea of astrology, it's interesting to see what your sign says about your personality. And those traits may also be the key to a healthier, happier life.
Progress happens one step at a time. You need to start with something super doable— something so "you" that it becomes part of your new routine without even trying. To help, here are the major defining traits of the twelve Zodiac sun signs, and some healthy habits (fitness and otherwise) that match up.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Aries are born leaders, but they don't always have the follow-through to stick with the projects they start. They're charismatic and can easily get people together, not to mention bold, impulsive and always up for a challenge or some friendly competition.
Aries' Healthy Habit: A great healthy way to channel your Aries traits? Use your charm and magnetism to get a group of close friends together for regular mental health check-ins. This can be through an ongoing group chat or in person meet-ups, whatever works best for all of you—just use your time together to talk openly about what's going on in your lives and how you're doing.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Taurus is definitely the "treat yourself" sign—they love rewards, indulging, pretty things, and and feeling comfortable as often as possible. They're on the materialistic side, and a little headstrong and stubborn, but they're also extremely reliable and take a slow-and-steady pace.
Taurus' Healthy Habit: If you're a Taurus, combine your love of comfort and rewards by adding a little extra incentive into your fitness time—maybe going to the gym isn't your favorite thing, and even though you do it, you dread it. Would knowing you're in store for a little post-workout at-home spa treatment will get you through? Try leaving room in your exercise schedule for a face mask or a bubble bath afterwards, so it just becomes a part of your routine.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Geminis have two opposing-yet-complementary sides: They're imaginative, chatty and quick, but also practical and sometimes indecisive. They adapt well and can multitask with ease, and they're incredibly curious with a lot of interests. They can be a little all over the place, but they always look at things from all sides and perspectives.
Gemini's Healthy Habit: As a Gemini, you're probably fascinated by—and dying to try—more things than you can keep track of. Rather than sign up for a standard gym membership, try a plan like ClassPass that lets you try different classes each month, or find a gym that offers a lot of different classes so you can change things up. Use the time you would normally do your usual fitness routine to try something new every time—you'll get the same benefits while satisfying your natural curiosity.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancers are often homebodies—they feel most at ease at home, and it can be really difficult to get them out of the house, despite the fact that they love spending time with friends and family. They're all about tradition, are great at remembering even the smallest details, and are known for being kind and gentle (although they can be manipulative when they need to be). They're also very sentimental and protective.
Cancer's Healthy Habit: Since Cancers love to be home and are into all things serene, take advantage of that. In the morning—or before bed, whenever works best for your schedule and your mood—listen to music that calms you and do some light stretching to get your body going for the day (or unwind after a stressful one).
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Leos love being the center of attention, and like Aries, have very magnetic personalities. They're enthusiastic and dramatic, not to mention strong and powerful. They're stubborn, but they're also inspiring and warm-hearted. They have seemingly endless courage ambition, and love games (in the sports and gambling sort of way, not metaphorically).
Leo's Healthy Habit: As a Leo, you'll probably do well to turn your fitness routine into more of a game or a contest. If it's feasible for your schedule to join a local or office-sponsored sports league, definitely sign up! But otherwise, technology is on your side—try using your love of games to your advantage by playing interactive sports and fitness video games. You'll get up and moving and make it fun by competing with yourself, or other people online.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Virgos are known by all for being perfectionists—they're exact in just about everything that they do, and can often be too critical. But on the flip side, they're also modest, reliable and fair, and have amazing attention to detail. Virgos care a lot about knowledge and are very grounded, and like Taurus, enjoy pretty things—they're just extra picky about them.
Virgo's Healthy Habit: If you're a Virgo, you probably already have your routine down pat and don't actually want to change anything about it. Since spontaneity isn't always your thing, and you probably get caught up in doing everything on your to-do list—down to every last detail—try scheduling in some non-negotiable "me time" and use it to do something that either relaxes you or that you find fun. If it's on your calendar, you'll feel that same need to actually do it (and do it exactly right, at that).