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As it turns out, your sun sign (which indicates the position of the sun at your time of birth—in other words, the sign that you think of as yours) actually has a strong influence on what sort of fitness appeals to you.
“The sun in astrology represents what you have energy for,” says Sandra Sitron, astrologer behind Strong Eye Astrology. “Being the energetic focal point of our solar system, it correlates to the energetic focal point within you and indicates how you want to use your energy out in the world.”
So essentially your astrological sign is directly connected to the type of boutique fitness class or physical activity that inspires you, based on your innate preferences. Consider this your legit excuse for splurging on a rock climbing class or investing in horseback riding lessons.
But that’s not the only way to find the perfect, sweaty match. Whereas your sun sign workout represents your “internal fire,” as Sitron likes to call it, your rising sign—the zodiac sign that was rising over the Eastern horizon at your time of birth—also plays a key role in your physical identity. “This is a great place to look for clues about the best workouts that match your outward personality and your body,” notes Sitron. “Those that correlate to your rising sign should feel natural, as if your body was built for it.”
Of course, you can use your other signs to help you pinpoint the ultimate workout for every mood. Want to release pent-up tension? Check out the best option according to your moon sign, which Sitron says represents emotions. Having trouble actually getting off the couch and onto a mat? Look to your Mars sign, since the planet is tied to motivation. (Don’t know your moon, rising, or Mars sign? Obtain your chart here, or book a session with Sitron herself.)
Ready to look to the stars for your perfect workout? Read on for Sitron’s rundown of the ideal sweat sessions for each zodiac sign.
Aries: martial arts
Fiery Aries is independent, highly active, and she loves to win. Her ruling planet is Mars—the Roman god of war. Since she has a warrior spirit, this workout (think karate, aikido, tae kwon do, jujitsu, and kick-boxing) suits Aries perfectly—giving her strength, flexibility, speed, and the ability to defend herself.
Other workouts to try: competitive sports and interval training.
Taurus: weight lifting
Taurus is the original gym rat. Since her sign rules the physical body and the senses, she knows how important it is to keep her body fit and feeling good. She has inherent inertia, meaning once she’s motion, she stays in motion. Since she can be a little bit stubborn, Taurus has to make the choice to get going—but after she does, nothing can stop her. For these reasons, a good weight-training program is excellent for her. She can always adapt it to suit her ever-evolving progress.
Other workouts to try: anything endurance-related, like long-distance running or jogging, cycling, and triathlons.
Gemini: group exercise classes
Social butterfly Gemini is high-energy and she loves to be around people. She can get distracted quickly, so the structure and variety of a group exercise class helps to keep her focused. If she can find an instructor who teaches her about fitness during the class, all the better—after all, Gemini loves to learn. The activity boosts her mood while helping her clear her mind and tone her body. (Win-win-win!)
Other workouts to try: walking with friends and five-minute routines.
The Cancer babe is ruled by the moon, AKA her emotions. She loves the mind-body connection that yoga offers her. It helps her to find her inner stability and balance her emotions, all while giving her a full-body workout. Plus, the meditative practice lets her feel perfectly in sync.
Other workouts to try: water aerobics and swimming.
Leo doesn’t always have the patience for the gym, but she knows that she needs to keep her heart and her body in tip-top shape. Her best solution? Play. Whether it’s with the dog, children, or on a sports team, Leo loves to have fun and act like a kid again. Any activity that feels like amusement instead of work will keep her motivated and healthy.
Other workouts to try: dancing, trampoline jumping, hula hooping, and ice skating.
The structure and exactitude of Pilates suits detail-oriented Virgo perfectly. Joseph Pilates (a Virgo rising!) designed this fitness method to strengthen and align the body, which suits Virgo just fine—efficiency is a must for her. The Virgo babe is highly intelligent, practical, and methodical. She loves this systematic workout because it gets results and helps her feel really good in her body.
Other workouts to try: yoga, weight lifting, and IntenSati.
Graceful Libra is ruled by the planet Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty, and relationships. She’s intelligent and yearns to feel balanced and healthy in her body. As dancing is lively, varied, social, and fun, it’s the perfect workout for the Libran sensibility. She would often rather forget that she is working out, so she especially loves that she can get caught up in the rhythm of the music. Dancing makes her feel totally alive, vibrant, and connected—score!
Sultry Scorpio is intense and driven. She loves the feeling of working it, and Spinning lets her dig in to realize the full force of her power. (A fun and intense workout in a dark room? So Scorpio.) Plus, she can ride the waves of enthusiasm generated by a brilliant instructor. All-out exertion is good for her, as she wants to completely let go. As an added bonus, Scorpio rules the pelvis, and cycling is said to be well-suited to women seeking pelvic floor exercises.
Other workouts to try: pole dancing, belly dancing, yoga—especially Ashtanga or Kundalini—and (of course) sex.
Sagittarius: jogging outdoors
Sagittarius is outdoors-loving and intelligent. She loves to challenge herself and explore the world, and jogging outside in nature keeps her in forward motion. The activity helps her use up her boundless energy, strengthen her body, and see new things. Don’t turn to the treadmill, however—there’s nothing a Sagitarrius hates more than to feel stuck. Bonus points: The endorphin high she gets from extended cardio activity matches her naturally optimistic attitude.
Capricorn: rock climbing
Capricorn the goat represents the climb to the top of the mountain—and that can translate literally into the perfect workout for these ambitious souls. Capricorn wants to be able to see the task ahead of her, and completing it feels super-satisfying. She’s not afraid of hard work, and she is always looking for a new achievement. Even better, each climb helps her build her physical strength and her self confidence.
Other workouts to try: hiking, weight training programs.
Aquarius: circus workouts
Aquarius is not afraid of being a little bit weird—she’s an outlier and a creative innovator. Above all else, she hates to be bored at the gym. Circus workouts or adult gymnastics suit her magical and transcendent personality just fine. She has a lot of stamina and perseverance, so she’s not afraid of diving into something demanding. Circus workouts help her build her strength and define her individuality while potentially also allowing her to work as part of a team, which she loves.
Other workouts to try: aerial yoga or silk dancing classes, trampoline, diving, ropes course, and wind surfing.
Mystical Pisces loves to be in the water—so swimming puts her right in her element. She has a meditative spirit, and enjoys the calming rhythm of doing laps. It helps her feel transcendent, which she loves, and the excellent full-body workout heightens her self awareness and keeps her centered. Also important? The Pisces babe is very sensual and can sometimes become overwhelmed by her senses, so being in the water helps her tune in to herself by blocking out distracting sights and sounds.
Other workouts to try: yoga, scuba diving or snorkeling, surfing, walking, and tai chi.