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Astrology is an ancient language that tells a story about your unique personality, purpose, and journey throughout life. I previously wrote about your sun, moon, and rising sign and what they really mean. Now that you have a better understanding of who you are, let’s find out how to improve your overall health and wellness using your astrology.
How does your sun sign influence your fitness routine?
This is the planetary point within your personal astrology that influences how you show up in the world and what feeds your vitality. Your sun sign can help to decide the type of workout that fuels your fire and keeps your energy flowing.
Birthday: March 20-April 20
What to Try: High-intensity circuit training
Aries is a cardinal fire sign, which means it has the motivation to take on any challenge with passion, courage, and intensity. The challenge with this sign? You need to keep it short. Aries are known to lose interest after a while, so workouts like HIIT that feature quick bursts of energy are important.
Birthday: April 20-May 21
What to Try: Barre
Taurus is a fixed earth sign, which means it is drawn to situations that fully embrace the sustaining power of the physical body. The challenge with this sign is getting outside the comfort zone of their usual fitness routine. A low-impact, strength-focused workout, like barre, will set you up for success.
Birthday: May 21-June 21
What to Try: Step aerobics/Zumba
Gemini is a mutable air sign, meaning it’s energized by an adaptable curiosity and desire to learn and express. The challenge for this sign is focused thought and communication, so a more spontaneous workout, such as dance, is key. Find fitness that engages your mind through coordination!
Birthday: June 21-July 23
What to Try: Yin Yoga
Cancer is a cardinal water sign, which means it is motivated by intentional activity that engages the emotional body and provides a release for all that energy. The challenge for this sign? Finding comfort in what they feel. Embrace positive vibes and clear out any emotional stagnation through a slower paced yoga practice, like Yin.
Birthday: July 23-August 23
What to Try: Cycling
Leo is a fixed fire sign, which means it is driven to succeed with unwavering passion and enthusiasm. The challenge for this sign is getting caught up in the desire and losing focus on the outcome. Channel your playful (and competitive) spirit and pedal to a sick beat—you’ll kill it in cycling class.
Birthday: August-September 23
What to Try: Aerial Yoga
Virgo is a mutable earth sign, which means it loves learning how to improve the physical body holistically. What’s the biggest challenge for this sign? Getting caught up in the analytical mind and becoming too critical. Try fitness like aerial yoga that combines elements of different exercises, so you are constantly evolving.
Birthday: September 23-October 23
What to Try: Active Yoga Flow
A cardinal air sign, Libras are stimulated by thought and conversation. The challenge for this sign is getting caught up in what others are thinking or doing. Redirect your mind and bring your actions inward while setting an intention with a faster yoga flow.
Birthday: October 23-November 22
What to Try: Kickboxing
Scorpio is a fixed water sign, which means it finds energy in deep emotional connection. The challenge for this sign? Diving too deep and getting lost in the intensity. Embrace a workout that allows for emotional release through powerful movements, like kickboxing.
Birthday: November 22-December 22
What to Try: Karate
Motivated by the freedom to explore and grow, Sagittarius is a mutable fire sign. The challenge for this sign is to stay committed long enough to gain what is most valuable. Trying a more out-of-the-box workout, like karate, gives you a different perspective when it comes to fitness—and will expand your wellness horizon.
Birthday: December 22-January 20
What to Try: Pilates
Capricorn is a cardinal earth sign, meaning it is driven by structure and form. The challenge for this sign? Becoming too focused on the details and enjoying the process. Choosing a workout that emphasizes power and muscle control will help you conquer your goals. Pilates is a perfect fit!
Birthday: January 20-February 18
What to Try: Indoor Climbing
A fixed air sign, Aquarius’ are energized by big-picture thinking and actions. The biggest challenge for this sign? Not getting engrossed in the conceptual process. Choose workouts, like indoor rock climbing, that embody what you want to achieve—physically, mentally and emotionally.
Birthday: February 18-March 20
What to Try: Ta’i Chi
Pisces is a mutable water sign, which means it is driven by emotional fluidity and deep inner work. The challenge for this sign is not to escape reality through isolation. Discover workouts that allow for gentle and fluid movements, like Ta’i Chi.
When it comes to astrology and fitness (and life in general), find what lights you up! Mindbody.io and the Mindbody app make it easy to explore the different types of fitness and wellness that work for you and your sign.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.