Ever feel like it’s just too tough to get to the studio/gym/running track? It could be that you’re not exercising according to your sign, or more specifically, your “element,” says Debra Silverman, yogi Seane Corn’s astrologer and the author of The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition (Findhorn Press, March 15).
“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.
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Air signs have to mix it up. They can’t do the same workout or practice forever, because they get bored easily. These are the students who are up in the front of the class, who have to be dressed properly, who are more concerned with practicing or exercising with a friend to make sure there’s a social element.
Air signs are kind of like yoga flirts. They dabble with all different styles and teachers, and they’re interested in the hot new thing. They like tennis, Zumba, and barre class. They love to exercise and have fun while they’re doing it. They are festival junkies, and they buy a lot of gear but don’t use it.
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Earth signs are super structured, organized, ritualistic, and ambitious. They like the incredible refinement of Ashtanga yoga. They go to the same studio to see the same teacher and stand in the same spot, getting there a little bit early with their glass water bottle and towel and a clean mat. They are also careful about their diet, and they never think they’re fit enough. They like their yoga or workout to be predictable, like Bikram yoga.
Earth signs also like ballet or barre class, and crash-course workouts (the kind that claim results in 60 days). Taurus is the exception: they can be lazy, so the best thing for Taurus is to hire a personal trainer or a private yoga teacher for their home or office.
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Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Fire signs are highly competitive. They like like Spinning, swimming, marathons, triathlons, and hot yoga, and they can’t sit still. They are the only element that makes energy by spending it. If you tell them to relax, they go work out.
Fire signs love to spend money [on fitness], but they don’t always follow through. They like retreats, as much for the travel as for the yoga. They love teacher trainings—they may never teach, but they love being challenged in the class. They also get fit easily. Fire people (not surprisingly) love to sweat.