When it comes to working out, we all have different preferences. But have you ever stopped to consider why you’re drawn to cardio dance classes while your BFF would rather practice yoga at home?
Your zodiac sign can say a lot about your personality—and, in turn, which workout is ideal for you. And if you choose a workout that’s suited to your personality, you may just find it easier to get into (and stick to) a regular fitness routine.
Curious to find out what the best workout for your zodiac sign really is? Keep reading for all the deets on the best workout for your zodiac sign.
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Aries is the first sign in the zodiac and is very physical. “They have constant energy,” says Julia Portela, metaphysical practitioner at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Massachusetts, who provides astrological and tarot readings. “Aries are also very individualistic and independent.”
Based on these characteristics, Portela has found that the best workout for your zodiac sign, if you’re an Aries, is to opt for high-intensity workouts that can be done solo—think hiking, biking, and swimming.
Tracy Cook, Los Angeles-based astrologer, adds that the fiery Aries can benefit from short bursts of intense cardio to burn off all their hot energy.
“Strenuous workouts like HIIT are good for Aries,” says Cook. “Short intense cardio, like a run on an incline treadmill for 30 minutes with a good sweat, will also be satisfying for Aries.”
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
The earth sign Taurus is the slowest moving in the zodiac, says Portela. She explains that anything related to self-care, like restorative yoga or a leisurely walk, are excellent options for Taurus.
“Cardio dance workouts like Zumba are also appealing,” adds Cook. “So is air conditioning, since Taurus isn’t into sweating.”
Cook also says that “sure and steady” is Taurus’s calling card. Whatever exercise they choose, they’ll set it in their schedule so it can be their routine for years.
Gemini (May 21 – June 21)
“Gemini’s brain is always on,” notes Cook, while Portela points out that Gemini, the first air sign in the zodiac, are very social. So working out with a friend, or doing a group activity, will be very satisfying to a Gemini.
That is, unless it’s too strenuous and they can’t talk, which is a turn-off to Gemini, says Cook. That’s because, as Portela says, Gemini like workouts where they have to be vocal, such as a kundalini yoga which involves chanting and singing.
“By the same token, quieting the brain is also important for Gemini,” adds Cook. In this case, consider workouts with quiet movements, like Pilates or yoga, she suggests.
Gemini also like themed classes and anything that has an educational component, says Portela. They’ll enjoy working one-on-one with a personal trainer who explains every exercise and why they’re doing it.
“That will really resonate with a Gemini,” says Portela.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
Cancer is this first water sign in the zodiac—so it makes sense that they’d gravitate toward water activities. Cook says swimming and aqua aerobics are particularly good choices for this sign.
“Cancer rules the stomach, so any workouts that build a strong core are supportive for Cancerians,” adds Cook. “Cancer the crab also benefits from a trainer showing them the exact workout that is tailored to their body.” They like this kind of specificity, she says, because it feels like nurturing—a calling card for Cancer.
Portela, meanwhile, explains that Cancer is the mother sign and ruled by the moon. Because of this, they’ll like moonlight yoga classes, which are becoming a lot more popular these days. “Anything that’s going to connect them to their flow—like vinyasa yoga—is really good for Cancer energy,” says Portela.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
The fiery Leo loves team and competitive sports, says Cook. “Showcasing their skills is almost as fun as the actual activity,” she says.
They’re similar to Aries but more charming and sociable, which is why they prefer team activities, adds Portela. Competitive solo events like marathon racing and Tough Mudders will also be right up their alley.
Cook explains that Leo rules the heart and back, so training that improves cardio and strengthens the spine is also good for them. She calls out Zumba and aerobic classes as being fun choices for a Leo.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
“Virgo lives for a solid calendar and a schedule it can trust,” says Cook about this earth sign. Whatever mode of fitness they choose can be the thing they practice for a long time. “Virgo benefits from virtual classes and the ease of a home gym with a fitness mirror often more than other signs, since their schedule is paramount,” she says.
Portela explains that Virgo is very analytical, detail-oriented, and grounded. Something like a predetermined workout program that has specific instructions to follow can be a good choice for them.
“Anything they can watch on their phone or on a computer and follow along is going to be really good for them,” she says.
Cook adds that free weights, which require precise movement, will also be appealing to the detail-oriented Virgo.
Libra (September 23 – October 23)
“Libra responds to beauty, so dance classes from ballet to Zumba are appealing,” says Cook. Portela adds that the air sign Libra is drawn to classes that aren’t too high in intensity or too low in intensity. Medium intensity classes are just right.
“Libra has a very middle-of-the-road type of energy,” says Portela. They may enjoy classes where one half is something a little more intense (like cycling) and the other half is a little less intense (like yoga).
Since Libra is the partnership sign, “tennis, lifting weights with a partner, hiking with a friend, or running with a colleague are good because they’re done with another person,” says Cook. “Lap swimming in the same lane or cycling off the beaten track with an exercise buddy makes exercise fun and takes the edge off the sweat.”
Scorpio (October 24 – November 21)
Scorpio is a water sign that prefers to be alone. They’re drawn to workouts that are deep and intensive. “They’re the most intense sign of the zodiac,” says Portela.
Water activities like diving (where they have to jump into the deep end) are good for them. So is rock climbing or doing a ropes course, which Scorpio can do alone while still being around other people.
“Sports like tennis, which rely on pinpoint accuracy that kills the opponent, are very satisfying for Scorpio,” adds Cook. “Personal challenges like running a marathon or a triathlon can be rewarding for Scorpio—but once the challenge is completed, they may never do sport again.”
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
It’s so obvious it hurts: Archery is one of the best workouts to try as a fiery Sagittarius, says Portela. Axe throwing is another activity that’s excellent for Sagittarius. “They like anything that’s meditative and repetitive but also challenging,” says Portela.
Cook adds that Sagittarius has natural athletic abilities and is good at most sports—but what is best is when their exercise practice has a journey.
“Biking on the roads to check out a neighborhood or biking in a gym with a video screen of an exotic destination is good for Sagittarius,” says Cook. “Cardio machines where Sagittarius can read a book or watch a TV show are also appealing.”
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
“Any cardio that involves climbing is made for Capricorn the goat,” says Cook. “Stairs, hills, mountains—Capricorn likes to go up.”
Cook says Capricorn loves hard work and discipline, so a workout at dawn—every day—is very appealing to this earth sign. “Capricorn isn’t about shortcuts,” she adds. “Also, if they pay money for the trainer, the gym, the equipment, they’ll do it—they’re not into waste.”
Speaking of the gym, Portela says Capricorns are creatures of comfort and will want to do the same thing day in and day out. They’re into slow progress. “[Capricorns] aren’t looking to come in tomorrow and make a major life change,” says Portela. “They’re looking to learn the movements and build over time.”
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
The air sign Aquarius isn’t always athletic and may need others to get themselves going. “Aquarius responds well to groups,” says Cook. “Regular groups that swim, play tennis, or bike are appealing.”
Aquarius also likes fitness that uses new technology. “Virtual classes, Peloton, fitness mirrors like Tonal, tracking devices that measure steps and movement— all of these are good for Aquarius,” says Cook.
Portela adds that Aquarius are also into humanitarian causes, so they like donation-based classes.
“Anything that is connected to a cause or gives back—like a goat yoga class where proceeds go to the farm—is really good for Aquarius,” she says.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
The last sign in the zodiac, Pisces does best with smooth movement and workouts that focus on stretching. “Pisces is built for all levels of yoga and Pilates,” says Cook. “Dance is the domain of Pisces, and all dance workouts come naturally—but as Pisces ages, high intense aerobics may need to be replaced with strength through stretching movement classes.”
Portela adds that other classes that incorporate fluid, dance-like movements, such as barre, burlesque, or ballroom dancing, will be the best workout for your zodiac sign if you’re a Pisces.
And of course, “Pisces the fish is good for swimming and other water-based workouts,” says Cook.