September is all about taking good care of yourself. With the Sun in Virgo, the focus will be on a healthy diet and with Mars in Aries, we can start our workout fully energized. What can you do to become fitter?
With a little push from Mars, you do not need any encouragement to start exercising. But be careful you do not push your limits too much. Do not force yourself. There is something like working out too much, which makes you more susceptible to injuries. Or eventually, you will get so tired from exercising so much, that it results in not doing anything at all.
Pay some more attention to planning those rest days. Use these to work on your inner part of fitness. By meditating for instance. Visualize you become stronger and faster. This way you can train from your couch or favorite chair, and still work on your condition, while your heart muscles and lungs get the time to recover. Foodwise, it is important to stay clear of products that could push you into overdrive, like energy drinks, sugar, coffee, and cola. Even green tea and chocolate could be too much. Instead, choose products that calm down your inner warrior a little. Dairy and bananas could have a calming effect. To get a good night’s rest, you could eat a small portion of products with loads of magnesium, like nuts, with your dinner.
As a Taurus, you are not naturally inclined to get much exercise. But you do have one quality: Once you start, you will be unstoppable, because you do have endurance. Long walks suit you better than sprinting 100 meters. Think about a challenge for this month, in which this element of perseverance comes forward. Make sure you build it up slowly, so you profit from the support of Mars optimally. For instance, start with walking for half an hour a day, and later build up to an hour a day.
Considering food, there is much improvement possible. As an earthy Taurus, you love full and creamy flavors, and sweets are irresistible. Besides that, a Taurus also starts snacking when having stress.
What could help to resist these fatty products, is eating many products that literally come from the earth. Potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, onions, cassava are all products that saturate well, contain many fibers, and match your need of a hearty meal, without being too heavy. They are also rich in natural sugars, which makes it easier to resist that chocolate bar…
As an air-element, it could happen that you are not channeling your energy in the right way. Instead of going for a swim or a bike ride, you will sit at home and worry, or surf the Internet endlessly. You could miss the signal that your body needs exercise. With Mars in Aries, you will get the help you need to listen to this signal more closely. It is very important to not get ahead of yourself. A typical Gemini-pitfall, during a workout, is not paying close attention to your breathing. You could go too fast, which makes you feel out of breath, and this can result in giving up too soon. Ask help from a personal trainer, he or she can make sure you stay in the right zone. This an especially good idea, because as a Gemini you will have a better motivation when you don’t have to work out alone.
Regarding your diet, it is good for you to pick products that help you deal with the upcoming fall. Products that mentally give you a summer-like feeling. Mostly citrus fruits have this quality, so put it on your personal menu every day.
With Mars in Aries, it can be hard to divide your energy well. One day you are sweating for hours in the gym, and the next day you will be a couch potato. The advice from the stars is to focus on regularity and rhythm for your workout-schedule this September. Plan your workouts for at least a week. Mix up the more intense forms of exercises with those that bring you peace, like yoga or pilates, and plan your week accordingly. Do pay close attention, and do not get ahead of yourself. Especially when doing weight training. You could have the urge to get a heavier weight, attempting to reach your goals sooner. But if you know this is your pitfall, you will reach a better result this September.
Of course, it is important to eat healthy, many vegetables and fruit. But in September it is important to pay attention to your fluid intake. During the transition from summer to winter, you will feel less thirsty, which makes you forget to drink water. Drink a large thermos of tea every day: This period hot beverages are better than cold ones.
Because Mars is in the friendly sign Aries, you benefit from the energy that this planet gives us all to the maximum. That is why September is the ideal month to convert your good intentions into actions. To set goals for yourself concerning your workout schedule, or to start a new type of workout. You will probably notice your heart responding well to you challenging yourself, pushing your limits. Choose power yoga, power pilates, running, or spinning. Also very Leo: Workouts with a fun factor, like Zumba or Salsa. You will notice your endurance will increase quickly, especially when you alternate short sprints of high intensity with longer runs with a lower intensity.
With help from Mars you will use much energy, but this is no excuse to not look at your nutrition intake. Because the days are getting shorter, the need for food increases and it might take more effort to stay the same weight. Gaining a little weight in the fall is natural, but by picking the right products you will keep it in hand. It could help you to eat more products that light your inner fire. Red peppers for instance. So indulge yourself with some spicy curry’s!
Mars will help you see through unconscious patterns, that undermine your attempts to work out. That is why it is good to pay attention to the phase before your workout. Procrastination for instance. Where does it come from? Maybe it is about the other ways you sabotage your healthy habits. In September you can flip the switch on a deeper level. But it does take some searching to find the right mode. Your attempts to exercise will have a better effect later in the month, so keep going. Now you know this, you also know that improvement is already possible tomorrow. What could help you break those negative patterns is to listen to motivating meditations.
The stars do not need to tell you anything about healthy nutrition. But sometimes you can dig in your heels a bit and fill your empty stomach with all kinds of unhealthy “non-food”. Actually, in September the same applies to your workout habits. Research why this type of food sometimes has a hold on you, and define for yourself how to get the control on your eating habits back. Food that will benefit you: Dates, nuts, figs, apples, and quinces. They help you align you mentally and physically.
The burst of energy from Mars could go into bickering and competition. But when you choose an exercise with a competition element, you can get rid of this energy. It will be a lot more peaceful at home, while you will feel satisfied and fit. The advice from the stars is to go work out together. Like tennis or squash, for instance. But running or biking together is also a possibility, when you make it into a competition, like “I race you to the next tree”. Important is that you look for a certain intensity, which makes your heart pound fast and you have to breathe deeply. The past few weeks could have felt as “suffocating” for an air-sign like you. That is why it is important to shift your focus to your breathing and to notice you can once again breathe fully. An extra help could ba a Pranayama meditation.
Regarding food, most Libras are not very excessive. You do not binge regularly, and the day after you compensate by eating less. But you could have gained some weight during this last period. You probably don’t need to do much to lose this weight: just don’t buy those cookies, and eat some fruit instead.
Mars will provide you with more energy to exercise, but this energy mainly focuses on the need to execute a movement perfectly. When doing yoga, ballet, pilates, and weight training you can have fun with this, but when you want to go running or want to see results quickly, the focus on details can get in your way.
It is always better to go with the flow, so this month choose workouts in which you can express your love for details. This way you can prevent feeling frustrated and disappointed. In the workouts that we have listed before you can make the most process while experiencing the moment.
Maybe you have swept your eating habits under the rug, or did you get rid of the scale, because you don’t want to know what the status is. But there will be a turnaround in September. You can benefit from keeping a food diary so you are conscious of what you eat. But also make a list of the healthy things you do want to eat. Your fall food is cacao. Not as a chocolate bar, but like homemade (vegan) chocolate milk. Or add a spoon of cacao to your oatmeal.
Just like Leo and Aries, you can enjoy the maximum support of Mars all through September. This means your good intentions to start working out again will turn into action. You are able to aim your focus and vigor towards your goals. Condition and endurance will increase fast when Mars is so favorable to you. There are no real pitfalls. Unless you turn your need for exercise into traveling. No matter how tempting it may be to (maybe finally) go out again, by taking a train, plane, or sitting in a car you are not doing your body any favors. A cycling or walking tour, on the other hand, fits this period perfectly. Especially when you have to climb, you will reach unprecedented heights.
As a Sagittarius, you could have the tendency to ignore the importance of a healthy diet. You may not want to think about it. But you do react fast and good on improvements made to your diet. In September, try to feed your inner fire with hot soops, ginger, wasabi, radishes, and horseradish. You could notice that your need for sweets will decline and your waist slowly getting smaller, without making any further effort.
As a Capricorn, you could struggle a bit with the bursts of energy coming from Mars this Month. Naturally, you have a tendency to do too much, to get ahead of yourself. Mars strengthens this tendency, which can cause injuries or you might even overtrain yourself. The most important advice the stars can give you is to take it easy. Suppress your tendency to be the best or to be hard on yourself. Try to enjoy the exercises themselves, make your training experience a form of meditation and plan some resting days; this way you can be proud of yourself at the end of September.
Regarding your diet, it might be the time to look into your inclination to always go to the extreme. Or you are very disciplined (fasting, extreme dieting) or you are secretly eating a whole pack of cookies or a bag of chips. September is a good month to bring more balance to your eating habits. Make sure you have a good base pattern, in which there is space for little excesses every one in a while. This will provide much long-term peace. And because fall is approaching: cook many dishes with mushrooms, they provide comfort and warmth.
As an Aquarius, you could have the tendency to only plan your exercises when you are feeling up to it or when you have the time. It could be that you are not developing a good routine. This is what stops you from moving along in your process, no matter how hard you are trying. In September, Mars provides you with the energy to make workouts a fixed part of your week and to build up regularity and discipline. Use this to your advantage, before the cold season really hits us. You could also discover that your muscles develop quicker than normal. This is the advantage of doing a workout that is based on strength. But also when you rather be lying on your yoga mat, you will notice your muscles like to work hard.
Training and food: You handle them the same way. You often choose what you are up for last-minute. This is why you could lose control of your eating habits. In September, try to plan your meals one to three days ahead. Eat more salty products: mussels, samphire, wakame, and nori give you an extra boost.
Your relation with Mars is a bit halfhearted this September. You notice an increase in the motivation to work out, but it can be difficult how to give shape to this. Maybe you lack inspiration, or you cannot figure out the planning of the lessons. What you could to, to make the best of it, is to meet with a personal trainer. With someone cheering you on and teaching you new techniques, you will find your way quicker. It also helps when exercise comes naturally. Like when you hear music, that makes you dance, or because you’re at sea and you want to go for a run all of a sudden. Use these moments: They are just as useful for your body as endlessly training in the gym.
Before you can eat healthier, it is needed to tackle any addictions. Many Pisces have a weakness for alcohol or sugar. Make work of this and you will see you will start to eat more legumes, vegetables, nuts, and wholegrain products by itself. Sour and fermented products like kimchi, pickles, balsamic, and yogurt help the health or your intestines, this is very important when changing from summer foods to fall foods.
Text: Johanna Blok