If you're looking for a way to get in shape -- or just anxious to shake off the blues -- these suggestions will help. Each zodiac sign rules a different part of the body, so certain exercises work better for each one.
Here's how to take your sign into consideration when designing your exercise program.
First, consider your astrological element. Should you be exercising in water (Water zodiac sign), or do you need the wind on your face (Air zodiac sign)? If you are a Fire sign, you should literally get warm and sweaty, and if you are an Earth sign, you'll accomplish miracles by exercising outdoors.
Next, be aware of your body's "weakest link" (each sign has one) and work to protect it.
Finally, choose exercises that are interesting and stimulating to your sign, so you'll stick with them!
Drink water! As a Fire sign, you burn through liquids, so you need more than the average person. Exercise vigorously and work up an awesome sweat. Take long hikes or climbs, go running, or swim outside in nature. You need variety and interest, preferably outdoors.
You have a slow metabolism, so vigorous gardening is natural for you ... but you might also want to try a dance class to indulge your brilliant sense of rhythm. Whatever you choose, you need regular classes and a simple exercise regimen.
You run on your nerves, so relaxation is a necessity. Yoga will completely change your life. Gemini's weak link is the lungs, so make sure you practice deep breathing. The exercise you choose had better be entertaining or it won't hold your interest for long.
You need exercise that can be done at home. Invest in a few weights and exercise tapes. Because you are ruled by Water, swimming is also excellent for you, particularly the breaststroke. Cancer rules the breasts, after all.
Whatever shows off your glamorous body is a great exercise for you. You have tons of energy and are a brilliant dancer -- but remember to take your catnaps to enhance your natural beauty (lions sleep twenty hours a day!). Your weak link is your heart. Both aerobic exercise and rest will help protect that glowing Leo heart of yours.
Long walks every day is the perfect exercise for you. Stop your overactive mind at least twice a day with relaxation or meditation, and a long break every few months is an absolute must for you. The best Virgo sport is swimming with specific, detail-oriented, and structured exercise regimens.
Respect the ups and downs of your energy levels. In the mornings you need mild exercise -- especially back stretches to strengthen your lower back. Evenings are best for dance and aerobics. Fatigue and tiredness come from too many carbs and not enough water. Drink more pure water!
You crave grueling obstacle courses for your morning exercise, easily completing what most signs can't even begin. This makes you the marathon champion. Just be careful not to use your fitness challenges to hide from your feelings -- that could cause health troubles. Go high fiber and low fat, and drink lots of water.
The best sports for you are running, walking, horseback riding, and archery. You can literally become sick if you don't exercise enough, and the same goes for deep breathing. Your sign rules exhaled breath and may cause you to breathe shallowly. So, say "yes" to yoga!
Nothing strenuous, dear Goat, as your sign makes your knees the weakest link. Instead of running, try gentle walking, swimming, or horseback riding. You are a natural climber, and as long as you don't overdo it -- especially in the sun -- you will always reach the top.
You do best with unusual outdoor exercise such as surfing, scuba diving, gliding, or parachuting. Also, exercise that allows you to express yourself -- like aerobic dance -- is a must. Whenever you have to exercise in a gym, make sure you have music to motivate you. Aquarius rules circulation, so get yours moving.
As the most watery of the Water signs, you need to be careful of water retention and bloating. Ironically, spending as much time in water as you can -- swimming, even bathing -- prevents this. Drink water, don't miss your sleep, be careful with your feet, and do try Tai Chi -- maybe even on the beach!
About The Author: Madalyn Aslan is an astrologer, author, palmist, and psychic. Madalyn is part Cherokee and grew up in Los Angeles and London. She is a ninth-generation psychic healer and did her first recorded reading for Rock Hudson when she was 12 years old.
Madalyn has published three books, including the only illustrated Astrology book for children, "What's Your Sign?", along with "Madalyn Aslan's Jupiter Signs," and "CosmoGirl Astrologer". She has written several columns, including the weekly "Star Vision" in the New York Post, has appeared frequently on radio and television, and is known for the accuracy of her predictions.
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