The Best Workout for You, According to Your Zodiac Sign
Let the stars do a bit of the work, so you don't have to.
Even after years of hitting the gym, finding a workout you love can be a rare accomplishment. Do you hate cardio, but love weight training? Or are you more of a dance cardio person? Even better, what really motivates you to get fit? Just as every astrology sign has likes and dislikes, your zodiac sign can show your ideal workout, too. Read on to find out your sign’s go-to form of exercise (and bonus points for reading for your rising sign and Mars sign).
Since your sign is ruled by angsty Mars, you’re going to want a workout that helps you channel your aggression. Mars was the Roman god of war, so take a page out of his book and try something with a martial arts take. You’ll be a natural in the boxing ring. No matter what you do, you excel when you’re working to best your competition. Nothing feels quite as good as victory, even if it’s just against yourself.
Let’s face it, Taurus—you’d rather lounge in the sauna or steam room than hit the elliptical. Even if you don’t get into hardcore cardio, you’ll benefit from some basic strength training. Better yet, focus on sculpting your more sensual areas, like glutes and waist. Your sign is known for its slow-and-steady pace, so whatever you do, take your time. Then, reward yourself with a massage afterwards. Positive reinforcement goes a long way for you.
With mile-a-minute Mercury as your patron, you need a workout that moves as fast as you do. Spin class gives you the perfect opportunity to burn off some of your nervous energy. Or, hop on the stationary bike and listen to one of your favorite podcasts during your workout. Trying to mute your thoughts with yoga or meditation isn’t really your thing. Instead, choose a form of exercise that keeps them engaged.
As the zodiac’s homebody, going to the gym isn’t your style. You do your best workouts at home, where you feel comfortable with your surroundings. You’ll be surprised what kind of results you can get with a few free weights and a great pair of trainers if you actually remember to use them. Cancer rules food, so supplementing your new fitness regimen with a good diet is absolutely essential.
Don’t lie, we know you’re the one who puts on a full face of makeup to go to the gym. Working out is a performance art for Leos, and that’s not a bad thing. Dance cardio was practically invented for you. Put on your best workout gear and show us how it’s done. Really, your enthusiasm would make you an excellent fitness instructor.
As the zodiac’s overachiever, you’re constantly in search of a high-performance workout with science to back it up. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), HIIT (short for High Intensity Interval Training) is your holy grail. Exercising hard in short bursts gives your body the most bang for its buck. You’re also a sign that benefits from supplementing your exercise routine with a nutrient-rich meal plan, so mind your vitamins and minerals.
If you’re being honest, the sweatiness of hardcore exercise kind of grosses you out. Luckily, exercise can be pretty, too. Sign yourself up for barre-inspired workouts that can keep your body toned while improving your balance and posture. If you want to go a step further, Pilates strengthens your core and is a favorite of many dancers. Remember, it is possible to look good while working out, but you’ll look even better if you really go for it during your sessions.
If you’re looking for a workout that’s challenging both physically and spiritually, do yoga. As the zodiac’s mystic, you get a certain satisfaction from bending your body into the toughest yogic postures and pushing your mind to new levels that the rest of us can only admire from afar. Nothing else delivers quite the same mind-body-soul results that yoga does. If you want to really turn up the heat, experiment with hot yoga.
Because you’re ruled by over-the-top Jupiter, your sign has seemingly boundless energy to apply to your fitness routine. Choose something that’s going to test your stamina, like long-distance running. You do your best workouts outdoors, where you can enjoy nature while you get fit. Sign up for a 3k or a marathon, or, even better, go hiking. The fresh air and vitamin D will do you good! If you’re feeling especially daring, give rock climbing a go.
With no-nonsense Saturn as your patron, your endurance is the stuff of legend. If you tend to gravitate to workouts that test your limits, try BodyPump, every gym’s tough-as-nails mainstay. The low-weight, high-rep approach is pretty much tailored to you, so grab the aerobic riser and weight plates, and get moving. Before you know it, you’ll be in the best shape of your life! Bonus: Busy Caps can do this workout on the go with an app.
More than anything, you need a workout that’s as hyperconnected as you are. Your sign is associated with both groups and technology, so get an exercise routine that incorporates both! Group classes keep you motivated even after the novelty has worn off, and even better, live-stream classes can give you the community experience even when your friends are busy. If you want to take it a step further, track your goals and progress with a workout app.
As the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, you need a workout that’s gentle but still gets results. The key? Fluid motion. Make swimming or the elliptical machine your go-to cardio, while you tone with dance and yoga. Take a dip in the pool for a few laps, then follow up with vinyasa flow or modern dance. Remember that exercise can be a great stress reliever, as can relaxing in the hot tub or steam room when you’re done.