Looking good has never been this hard – from the plethora of junk food available on every corner, to the modern Netflix ‘n Binge culture, it can be quite a challenge to get out of our sweatpants and into the gym, let alone avoid the double choc chip ice cream. From loaded cocktails to mayo slathered sushi, who can blame us for enjoying the pleasures of life – and showing it?
However, the most important thing is to firstly know, and then accept our particular body type – once we have done this, we can begin to understand how to better take care of ourselves. Our zodiac sign is a fantastic signpost to tell us whether we are one of those who hit the gym 6 days a week, or if yoga is a better path for us. Read on to explore what astrological health traits your zodiac sign carries as well as the best ways to lose weight and for weight loss:
ARIES HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Aries dates: March 20 - April 19)
Being active is no problem for you, Aries! Your biggest issue when it comes to your zodiac sign’s health and weight is over-activity! Most of you are strong, fit and a total babe or hunk in the gym. Your metabolism is the envy of all who know you – it’s as if the food hits your lips and vanishes in a puff of steam! Weight loss is not usually a problem for you. You love a good sweat, and your Aries personality type is best suited to activities that are high-intensity, challenging and ask you to keep achieving more and more, reaching higher and higher. You love anything that asks you to take a bit of a risk – many Aries types are completely attracted to sports such as rock climbing or motorbiking. Best of all? You look hotter than most when covered in sweat. Sorry, not sorry!
TAURUS HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Taurus dates: April 20 - May 20)
Oh Taurus…if surf couching and Netflix was a sport, your zodiac sign would be the world champion a hundred times over! Getting sweaty and active is just not your thing - yet fortunately for you, you’re one of the most gorgeous signs of the zodiac, whether you’re wearing your favorite sweatpants from Grammy or dolled up in your best LBD. You’re either going to have to accept your curvaceous hips and bountiful belly or learn to curb your ever-present appetite for delicious delectables! With a willpower as strong as yours this shouldn't be a problem. Your best form of exercise and especially for weight loss would be a lovely, calm and rejuvenating stroll in nature or an easy hike in the forest – having the calming presence of trees and the rich soil beneath your feet is the ultimate way to relax, unwind and keep healthy.
GEMINI HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Gemini dates: May 21 - June 20)
In your world, Gemini, brains are far superior to brawn and you’d rather have your nose stuck in a book, learning something interesting than sweating it out at the gym or thinking about the latest fad to lose weight or another boring diet plan. However, your zodiac sign can be one of the most active and accomplished athletes out there, simply due to needing to release some of that nervous mental energy you carry around from said nose in book. You have so much restlessness that it becomes absolutely essential to channel it into physical pursuits and bring you back down to the ground! Weight is generally a non-issue, as you pursue so many different activities that there is barely a chance to sleep, let alone eat! Routine diets bore you, and you prefer variety over indulgence, which usually keeps you slender as a reed.
CANCER HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Cancer dates: June 21 - July 21)
Giving up your favorite, homecooked spaghetti bolognaise that your mamma taught you to make is just never gonna happen for you, Cancer, and this may be the one and only reason you never shift weight off that lovely, Moon-shaped belly of yours. You’re okay with that though, because according to you, that’s a reminder of the love that you put into every dish you create. And when it comes to exercise, you really feel that there should be a world championship for cuddling. However, if the mood hits you, you can be quite the performer at the gym, surprising everyone around you with your determination, grit and sweaty sex appeal.
LEO HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Leo dates: July 22 - August 22)
You like to be first in all things, Leo, and as a fire sign, you’re naturally competitive and athletically accomplished. The challenge for your zodiac sign is to avoid that lion-like laziness that often takes you. When you do bestir yourself, you are the prodigal lion or lioness returning to the gym after an indulgent hiatus, and easily knock the competition out of the park. You like exercise that is self-expressive, such as dance, and gets you all hot and sweaty - and you have the added endurance of a marathon runner. Unless you’re the captain, team sports aren’t really your thing so try to avoid them altogether – you’re too much of a leader. As for food, you can be indulgent as Leos prefer the finer things in life, but usually work will it off in a jiffy.
VIRGO HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Virgo dates: August 23 - September 22)
It goes without saying that you are the healthiest sign in the entire zodiac, Virgo – so much so that you often have such a sensitive stomach that the slightest irritant can create a fair amount of gastric havoc. Hence, you prefer an all-natural diet of spinach, carrots, greens and gluten-free smoothies at least 90 percent of the time and nothing too fattening. The upside of this is that you tend to be quite light and slim – you usually don’t like carrying any extra weight as you go about your busy days. Exercise-wise, you love a simple, easy routine. Doing yoga every morning at 6am is, in your books, the best way to start the day. Even better is when you can do it in nature – as an earth sign, you love nothing better than the sweet smell of rich soil as you lean into your downward facing dog.
LIBRA HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Libra dates: September 23 - October 22)
Being so naturally gorgeous, your zodiac sign has very little trouble, if any, when it comes to looks. Sure, some of you may be on the chubbier side, but for a Libra personality, that just means there is more to love. Even if you carry more weight than most, you still end up looking like the Goddess Aphrodite or handsome Apollo! You love sweet things, so that can be your Achilles Heel when it comes to staying healthy and weight loss, although generally you eat a balanced diet, just as with all things in your life. You like exercise that allows you to look good and lose weight. You’re brilliant at teamwork, although you’ll also love one on one training where someone can make all the decisions for you.
SCORPIO HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Scorpio dates: October 23 - November 21)
You don’t do anything lightly, Scorpio, and that extends to exercise and weight management. You’re either all in, or you’ll do nothing at all. When you’re in a healthy phase, guaranteed you’ll be the best at whatever you are doing, calculating each and every calorie burnt, every carrot or spinach leaf eaten and the precise amount of weights you need to lift to get the body you desire. Being naturally sexy helps you not have to worry as much as others about how you look – your charisma is more than enough to get plenty of attention. Light exercise is not your thing, so cultivating a practice that is intense like martial arts or boxing may be exactly what you’re looking for – and just like that, you’re living your best life.
SAGITTARIUS HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Sagittarius dates: November 22 - December 20)
Being ruled by the biggest and best planet in astrology – Jupiter – ensures that you have it easy when it comes to anything in life, really – even when it comes to exercise and staying the weight you wanna be and not overeating. Although you have the potential to be one of the best athletes out of the whole zodiac, your challenge is to try and stop having fun enough to discipline yourself and get into a routine. It’s best when exercise isn’t too boring, and has the promise of a nice cocktail afterwards, or if you can somehow incorporate travelling into your preferred discipline. Many Sagittarius folk just adore horse-riding and are outdoor fanatics, so trail running could be just the thing you’re looking for.
CAPRICORN HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Capricorn dates: December 21 -January 19)
When you’re not working, you can find exercise to be rather enjoyable, believe it or not Capricorn. You just have to learn to clock off and get away from building your empire for a moment. Like the Goat the symbolises of your zodiac sign, you love a challenge and it can be very satisfying for you to do something like rock climbing for example, where there’s a summit to aim for. You’ll never really have to worry about your weight – your ruling planet Saturn keeps you lanky and long, and perhaps even a bit on the skinny side. Make no mistake, you love a good meal – but it needs to be exactly that – you’d far prefer a gourmet meal over a burger any day.
AQUARIUS HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Aquarius dates: January 20 - February 17)
Exercise is great, when you learn to come down from the clouds and realize you have a human body with human functions, Aquarius. You’re not an alien, as much as you may think you are, and it is important to keep that body in tip top shape. Junk food and playing computer games is a sure-fire path to health woes, so it’s important for you to make sure you actually eat and work out occasionally. You may enjoy beets, cauliflower and figs for something different. You also love a sport that is inclusive, and group orientated, and if you can get your friends to join you, even better. You’ll love anything that is progressive and incorporates cool gadgets – go and get yourself a Fitbit and you’ll never look back!
PISCES HEALTH & WEIGHT TRAITS (Pisces dates: February 18 - March 19)
You were born to frolic in the water, dear Pisces. Water sports like surfing or supping that allow you to feel like a mermaid, weightless, lending you many moments of respite from reality – this is your absolute best life. Many of you are highly musically attuned, and so dancing can be a marvelous way to lose weight and to escape and become present all at the same time – plus you get a hot bod to boot! Win-win, right? Some of you may be prone to weight gain, but only if food has become an addiction or escape from your problems. Becoming aware of what you put into your mouth – and the reason why you’re doing it – can change your relationship to food forever.