Your Secret Workout Weapon: The Zodiac
Motivation is the key to exercise success. And the key to motivation? That just may be in the stars.
Does this sound familiar? You make a New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds, take on a $20/month gym membership, sweat vigorously for a couple of weeks—and a few months later find yourself tipping the scales right where you did last Thanksgiving. Life gets in the way, and you find yourself wondering wistfully what exercise plan you might actually feel comfortable with—and persist in—to achieve a healthier, trimmer you. If you’ve tried everything else, why not ask astrology?
“The 12 zodiac signs are grouped into four elements—fire, earth, air and water,” explain the AstroTwins, official astrologers for lifestyle media brand mindbodygreen. “Each of these elementary groups has distinct traits.” As the theory goes, so do you. Decide which of the four elements you have an affinity with, and see if the advice that follows doesn’t get you snuggly in a workout groove from now till ’21. After all, isn’t your mind the “muscle” that really drives your exercise stick-to-itiveness? What have you got to lose—except maybe a few pounds?
(Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio):
For the empathetic and intuitive water signs, tranquility is the theme for this year’s exercise routine. Say “see ya!” to crowded gyms and loud pop music, and “hello” to patient instructors and mindful silence. Not only can yoga help your resolution to shed those extra pounds (a single yoga session can burn between 180 and 460 calories), but it also helps build muscle, increase flexibility and relieve pain. Katherine Gonzalez, a Pisces and an amateur yogi in Secaucus, has been practicing yoga for 11 years. “Self-love is the most important part of my daily routine,” she says. “I make sure to do a brief stretch every morning and set my intentions for the day. Yoga basically lets us focus on the present.”Emphasizing the “now” is a vital component for water-sign individuals because of their tendencies toward regret of the past and apprehension for the future. Known for getting lost in their thoughts, water signs are constantly searching for a deeper understanding of themselves and the people around them. Relax by getting out of 2019’s obsolete workout program and replacing it with yoga, equally affordable but quite possibly twice as valuable to you.
(Aries, Leo and Sagittarius):
Are you a fire sign, passionate, strong and excitable? Why not reach for an exercise that fuels that fire, like Zumba? Everywhere you go you bring unmatched energy, and sometimes that means you become a little impatient. There is no workout alternative more lively than Zumba.
Your competitive side will be charged up, as these classes are not as easy as they seem. Those in the front of the room have been practicing for ages, are on a first-name basis with the instructors and know all the routines—can you keep up? “I thought it was weird at first,” says Oradell’s Gabrielle Davidson, a Gemini and Zumba trainee. “It is the best cardio workout I’ve ever done!” Zumba is a huge calorie burner (reportedly between 350 and 650 per workout) and improves coordination. Plus, it’s loads of fun, whereas cycling burns a similar amount of calories but isn’t as entertaining. The energetic fire-sign exerciser is usually up for something different, and the instructors at studios and local gyms often change up their dance routines monthly, so you are never stuck in a cycle. Zumba is known for its social aspects as well, often placing you in a community of like-minded gym-goers. (See how many of you are fire signs!) And there are many intensity levels to choose from—true athletes may wish to try the “Strong by Zumba” version, which is more high-intensity than the regular Zumba classes. Get inspired this New Year, dear fire sign, and maybe find your new workout obsession along the way.
(Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn):
For the grounded earthsign person who sometimes struggles with motivation, cycling is the best exercise for this New Year. Maybe you are a retired athlete looking for something that reignites that teamwork mentality, or maybe you’re tired of that old gym routine that hasn’t yielded progress toward your health goals. Mahwah resident, Aquarius and spinning instructor Patrick Chang says this group of folks “enjoy it because they are engaged as a group, grooving to tunes and learning how their bodies adapt to training zones.” Earth signs prefer structure, and Chang mentions that spinning facilities usually include “heart-rate monitors so that they can track recovery, endurance, strength and high-intensity interval training zones.” The workout is perfect for the earth sign’s logical mindset because your performance data is tracked, so improvement is tangible. Chang also says spinning should make you “feel invigorated, energized and ready to take on the world”—which is ideal for the stable and sensual earth sign.
(Gemini, Libra and Aquarius):
If you’re one of those witty, enigmatic and curious air signs, Pilates is exactly the refreshing break you have been looking for. It’s a low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles, but it also helps with posture and flexibility. Why Pilates? Pisces Susan Larson, who teaches Pilates as well as spinning at Spinsanity in Franklin Lakes, says: “I notice that my normally hard-charging athletes and clients are recognizing the value of stretching and more peaceful calming types of exercises such as yoga and Pilates, not only for their meditative and calming benefits but for injury prevention as well. Staying flexible is incredibly important for everyone, not just athletes!” So, even if you think weight lifting is perfect for you, incorporating Pilates can increase recovery time and flexibility. Those clever analysts, air-sign individuals, are thinkers like water signs, but are less concerned about emotions. You love learning new things, so trying something unique, “kinda weird” and challenging, like Pilates, is right down Air-Sign Avenue.