"If you follow your natural rhythm rather than doing your 'should,' it's much easier," Silverman says, explaining that your "element"—water, air, earth, or fire—determines what type of exerciser you are. But don’t pay too much attention to your zodiac (sun) sign; your actual chart is more nuanced, and would require an astrologer mapping it out for you. Instead, read the descriptions of the 4 elements below to figure out if you should be running in marathons or quietly meditating.
Elements + Exercise: What’s Your Fitness Personality?
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Water signs love Pilates, yin yoga, hatha yoga, taking it very slow, and exercising/practicing at home—all three water signs don't like festivals. Cancer and Pisces prefer the gentle approach; they like people to help them, having partners, somebody directing them. Yin yoga is really great for all three water signs, as it's really important for all of them to stop and go slow. Scorpio and Pisces also like meditating.
Water signs don’t like smelly rooms; the exception to this rule is Scorpio. Scorpios are perfect for Bikram yoga; they like exercise that's really hard, since they're so driven and serious. They like a 90-minute class where they have to really push themselves and have that competitive edge. Scorpios also love body building and marathon running. They are more driven than they are athletic; they have to have a goal. Cancers are the body builders, since they have the durability and are the most physically strong and resilient of all the signs. They love looking in the mirror and watching their bodies change.