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Many turn to horoscopes for guidance on love and work. But exercise? Even if you subscribe to the idea that planets can inform earthly decisions, their influence over fitness may seem far-fetched.

But using your horoscope can actually bring a fresh perspective to working out, one that uses your sign to guide you, says Barrie Dolnick, astrologer and best-selling author, and Ellen Barrett, a mind/body fitness expert. "Astrology can provide insight into your basic nature," says Dolnick, whose book with Barrett, "Zodiaction." came out in May of 2007. "When you know your likes, dislikes, and natural abilities, you can choose a fitness regimen because it suits you, not because an expert says it's healthy or because everyone else is doing it."

According to astrological theory, each sign has its own strengths and tendencies; individual signs also correspond with specific body parts. In practice, knowing your fitness horoscope can enliven your workout habits, especially if you're bored with your current routine.

"When you work out in a way that suits you," says Barrett, "it feels a little more like play and a little less like work. You're able to enjoy exercise -- and that's how you get fit."

Aries

Defining Trait

Ambitious

Body Part

Head

Ideal Workout

High-intensity cardio, total body sculpt, stretching. Energetic and goal-oriented, Aries thrives on competition -- and results. Since you tend to be hot-headed, exercise should also help you blow off steam. "Kickboxing is fun for an Aries because she likes to compete and strategize," Dolnick says. "But anything fairly intense will do."

Leo

Defining Trait

Regal

Body Part

Heart

Ideal Workout

Power yoga and toning that targets the belly, buns, and thighs. Sunny Leos love to be admired. "They like the gym -- the more mirrors the better," Dolnick says. "But they also like uplifting atmospheres, so the gym can't be a stinky weight room." Power yoga will appeal to this sun sign's love of heat, and toning will keep your body at its best.

Virgo

Defining Trait

Keen

Body Part

Digestive tract

Ideal Workout

Power walking, ab work. Exacting Virgos tend to be finicky. "They hate dirty gyms and love any exercise that promotes detoxing," says Barrett. Long, brisk walks boost your metabolism and promote clear thinking. Abdominal exercises -- such as Bharadvajasana I or other yoga twists -- are believed to encourage the release of toxins and improve digestion.

Libra

Defining Trait

Harmonious

Body Part

Back

Ideal Workout

Jumping rope, Pilates. "Libras don't usually need to lose weight; they tend to keep themselves balanced," says Dolnick. Steer clear of jarring exercise that threatens your delicate equilibrium -- such as gym classes that move at a hectic or frenzied pace. Exercise like Pilates, which helps you care for your back, suits you best. Or try dancing with a partner, which appeals to your cooperative, harmonious nature.

Scorpio

Defining Trait

Intense

Body Part

Reproductive organs

Ideal Workout

A circuit of several different challenging exercises. "Scorpios crave strong sensation -- they don't feel a workout is complete unless they break a sweat," says Barrett. Boot-camp workouts, power yoga, and circuit training will give you the endorphin high you love. Private Scorpios also like to be protected, so work with a trusted personal trainer or instructor to perfect your form and test your limits.

Sagittarius

Defining Trait

Adventurous

Body Part

Thighs

Ideal Workout

Outdoor exercise, boot-camp fitness. Sagittarius has great stores of energy and loves the outdoors. Hiking, rock climbing, surfing, and skiing all satisfy your senses and let you take advantage of your natural athleticism (and strong thighs). When outdoor sports aren't an option, the intensity of a full-body workout, such as a boot-camp fitness class, will do the trick.

Capricorn

Defining Trait

Accomplished

Body Part

Knees

Ideal Workout

Stair climbing, yogalates. Patient Capricorns understand that persistence pays off. You love to cover a lot of ground, so go for consistent cardio, like the stair climber. Try yogalates, a blend of hatha yoga and Pilates that emphasizes precision and moderate reps. This will keep the muscles around your knees strong enough for more adventurous pursuits, such as skiing and rock climbing.

Aquarius

Defining Trait

Visionary

Body Part

Shins

Ideal Workout

Anything out of the ordinary. Aquarius hates being told what to do. You need options. "Aquarians are eccentric. If they decide they're going to hop on one foot for exercise, they'll hop on one foot -- unless they start a hopping trend. Then they'll move on to something else," says Dolnick. Also, steer clear of overcrowded classes. Be sure to warm up the legs and ankles (and avoid excessive pounding) to prevent shin splints.

Pisces

Defining Trait

Idealistic

Body Part

Feet

Ideal Workout

Alternate nostril breathing, swimming, gentle yoga. Intuitive, dreamy Pisces needs a serene workout environment without clocks, drill sergeants, or cumbersome equipment. The fish sign loves water, so seek out health facilities with a swimming pool. Alternate nostril breathing quiets your mind, while seated yoga postures keep your body supple and your tender feet rested.

Taurus

Defining Trait

Steady

Body Part

Neck

Ideal Workout

Low-key cardio, simple strength building, stretching. Taurus loves to be comfortable, which is why you tend to shy away from complex routines and fancy equipment, opting instead to keep it simple and straightforward. A brisk walk, some push-ups, and a few standing stretches, such as Triangle pose, invigorate you. Tension usually shows up first in your neck, so be careful not to strain this sensitive area.

Gemini

Defining Trait

Curious

Body Part

Lungs

Ideal Workout

Cardio that engages the mind, meditation. With a wandering focus and an active mind, Gemini needs oodles of stimulation. Walking and talking with friends satisfies your social nature (and works your highlighted body part, the lungs). Or run on the treadmill while listening to your iPod to keep your busy brain occupied. Don't skip the cool-down, though. "With their frazzled nature," says Barrett, "chilling out is vital."

Cancer

Defining Trait

Sensitive

Body Part

Stomach

Ideal Workout

Fluid, repetitive cardio; Pilates. Cancer is a sensitive, selective sign that prefers soothing workouts. Opt for swimming or riding the stationary bike in a quiet, well-appointed gym. Cancer rules the stomach, so do plenty of core stretches and strengtheners, such as those found in Pilates, to feel your best.

Comments (1)

Anonymous
April 12, 2018
Somewhat accurate. But we Leos are much more than "sunny" (boring and superficial adjective). We are strong, fierce, and fiery! We are LIONS and of course we'd like the gym! We're the sign most associated with HERCULES himself! And we even rule the Strength Tarot Card. Seriously, Leo needs to be described more accurately. ♌💪