Sports aren't just games, as anyone who lives and breathes for their favorite teams will enthusiastically attest. The sports we love tell the stories of our personalities because they describe what we enjoy -- which means they're also one of the ways we identify ourselves.
If you're looking for a good place to take Dad (or a date) who's a sports fan, or if you're trying to get in shape for summer or find something to chat about with a new friend, ask them for their zodiac sign and see which sports appeal most to them below!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
When it comes to these fiery creatures, one-on-one sports are their favorites -- hands down -- for one very good reason. Their planet is Mars, the ancient God of War, who inspired gladiators and caesars alike. Think Mars, think red, and then think boxing, a true test of strength and warrior ability -- and the "modernized" version of gladiator sports, wrestling! If there's anything that raises the level of adrenaline in a body, it's wrestling -- and if there's anything an Aries loves, it's adrenaline!
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
American football! It's a team composed of large, heavy-set men who look and act a lot like Bulls -- Taurus' symbol -- and when it comes to holding their ground and being firm, stoic, and rock-solid ... well, that's Taurus. Oh, and since Taurus is the sign that's a notorious money-magnet, do we really need to bring up what pro players make? At any rate, this is a match made in heaven.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
These cerebral creatures may enjoy the sports that many of us do when it comes to simply being a spectator, especially since they're famous for their love of television. Their favorites, though? Anything that shows off the intelligence and agile skills of their patron planet, Mercury -- like discus throwing, gymnastics, skating, and skiing. When it comes to actual participation, things are different. If they're the active types, they'll enjoy "loner sports" like the ones above. Otherwise ... chess!
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Cancers love team sports for two main reasons: teams are like families, (which, after all, is their business), and teams cause their fans to act like families. Of course, most of them especially love baseball, since it's the sport most closely associated with the biggest family of them all -- the United States of America. Yes, it's baseball, apple pie, and hot dogs for these sentimental types.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
American's Got Talent. Dancing With the Stars. Does anyone really think of these television shows as sports? Aren't they just television shows? Not to all of us. Leos most certainly do think of them as sports -- and if you think about it, they're right. The contestants may not be wearing numbers on their t-shirts, but what they're doing does involve one-on-one competition, which, as a Fire sign, Leos adore. It also involves entertainment, which, as Leos, they adore even more. Remember, if there are footlights and audiences involved, they're in.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)
Virgos share their ruling planet, Mercury, with Gemini, so both signs love accuracy and meticulousness ... and it only makes sense that they both also love sports that reflect those qualities. Virgos, however, love sports that require players to perfect their craft. Take golf, for example, the perfect Virgo activity. You can almost hear their hearts pounding when their favorite player is going for "The Putt." Other than that, there's figure skating -- and the agility and precision that go along with it -- and, like their Gemini cousins, the absolute accuracy required of gymnasts.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
If it involves a team -- especially if it's a team of two -- it's right up Libra's alley. It can be anything from a square dancing competition to figure skating to volleyball. It won't matter to a Libra. It just has to be something that's shared with at least one partner. They do seem to lean most especially toward pairs, of course, but as long as they don't ever have to do anything alone (or watch anyone do anything alone) they'll enjoy it.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Scorpios love the focus and attention it takes to achieve perfection, but their favorite emotion is bravery of the life-or-death variety. So you'll most likely find this dark, intense sign either watching or participating in something that follows those natural tendencies. If they're young, they'll start with something like paintball or realistic, life-and-death video games. The the older they get, the more they'll want the real thing: bungee-jumping, skydiving, parasailing -- anything they can do alone to prove their mettle.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Hiking, backpacking, or anything that involves spending extended periods of times in the outdoors ... that's what Sagittarians live for. They love being away from the crowds -- camping out, fishing, cleaning, and cooking their catch. Hunting also appeals to some, but since they're fond of animals, if they do hunt, they have an entirely different attitude about it than some. Remember, there's a strong spiritual/philosophical side to Sagittarius, a part of them (the bottom half, in fact, as their mascot is a Centaur) that believes the animal sacrifices itself to the hunter as a sacred gift.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
Capricorn's astrological animal is the Goat -- the Mountain Goat -- so naturally, anything that involves climbing or exploring is right up their alley: mountain climbing, spelunking ... boldly or bravely venturing wherever no one else has gone, especially outdoors. These are the sports that appeal to Capricorns. They also tend to gravitate toward cold-weather sports. They're as tough and agile as the goats that teeter on those ledges, and as drawn to sports that require equal tenacity and agility.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Born during cold, clear, and frosty-skied winter, most Aquarians, like their astrological next-door neighbors, Capricorns, are drawn toward cold-weather sports. But then, since their sign is also as drawn to groups as Libras are to pairs, they're more likely than most to take on a team's colors -- especially large teams, like football or basketball. Oh, and regardless of which sport(s) they call their own, they'll do their very best to talk anyone and everyone into joining their team.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
The sign of the Fish -- that's what Pisces are famous for. It's a given, then, that swimming, diving, water-skiing, surfing, and boating in general are sports that they just love, whether they're watching or participating. Of course, sport fishing is also quite popular with them. And since expansive, large-minded Jupiter shares rulership of their sign, catching "the big one" (really catching it, or at least telling a story good enough to make everyone believe they did) isn't just important -- it's primary.