If you plug in your birthdate and time into an app like Co-Star, Astro-Charts, or TimePassages, you'll be able to generate a natal chart that can give you your Mars sign. "Mars is the planet of passion and action," says astrologer Rachel Lang. "It represents what motivates and drives us. When you’re creating a fitness regimen, you want to look at where Mars is in your chart. That will show what kind of physical activity best suits you as well as what will help you stay on track with your fitness goals."
Per Lang's take, if you know your Mars sign and how to meet your Mars sign's needs, you can design a fitness plan that works for you. Below, find her suggestions for the most cosmically balanced way to get your sweat on.
The best workout for you astrologically, according to your Mars sign
Mars in Aries: The "go hard or go home" warrior
Someone with Mars in Aries has plenty of physical energy to exert, which is why they need to sweat—especially when stressed. "An Aries Mars wants to be pushed to the limit, and they may even desire competition," Langs says. "To please this Mars, train for a race or an Ironman. Bootcamp, HIIT, and CrossFit work well. So does something like solo sports, martial arts, or boxing." Since Mars rules Aries, people with the planet in this sign run the risk of pushing themselves to hard, so take care to give your body plenty of rest and recovery to avoid overtraining.
Mars in Taurus: The solo sweater
"Taurus is ruled by Venus, which is lush, sensual, and luxuriating," Lang says. "People with Mars in Taurus tend to prefer exercises that build strength over time, so, a great workout might be Pilates or even TRX classes. They're also independent and not afraid to work out alone. So, they might enjoy walking or slow jogs in nature." Your best bet as a Taurus Mars is to pace yourself in your workouts, and focus on long-term goals that you can work toward.
Mars in Gemini: The queen of mixing it up
Gemini is known for its fickle yet extraordinary mile-a-minute mind, which means that a Gemini Mars is prone to boredom and also love variety. "They may do well with ClassPass or something that allows them to try new things on a whim," Lang says. "Gemini rules the lungs, and Gemini Mars needs cardio in their routine." And, since Gemini is social, a class setting for exercising is great.
Mars in Cancer: The class connoisseur
Cancer is about feeling and connecting, not acting, and a Cancer Mars might need some help in the accountability department in order to stay motivated and fully exert energy. "Working out with a trainer or a friend can help them stay motivated," Lang says, adding that Cancer rules the stomach so the core is a key area of focus. "Planks are helpful. Yoga is also great for the core. Pilates, strength training, and yoga will help Cancer’s mind/body/spirit connection so their workout goes beyond the physical."
Mars in Leo: The cardio lover
Leo is a passionate and driven fire sign, so it's hardly shocking if you always put in 110 percent when you hit the gym. "Mars in Leo works out to look good." says Lang. "They have a lot of energy to exert, and need a good mix between cardio and strength training—HIIT or interval training is good for them. Mars in Leo needs to feel passionate about their routine. Since Leo rules the heart, it’s important for them to emphasize heart-health in their fitness routine."
Mars in Virgo: The early a.m. riser
Virgos excel at discipline and love routines. If your Mars sign is in Virgo, you are ready for that 6 a.m. class. That need for ritual keeps you on track. "Someone with Mars in Virgo is the type to be at the gym each morning," Lang says. "They do well with a combination of strength, cardio, and stretching. They might enjoy a barre class, and Pilates is another good option for them, as are cardio exercises like rowing, elliptical, and jumping rope. They stick to goals."
Mars in Libra: The perfect accountability buddy
You're more likely to use the "I'll go to the gym tomorrow" excuse than actually go to the gym. Lang's tip? Get a workout buddy. "It’s important for Mars in Libra to stick to a routine, even on the days when they lack motivation," Lang says. "Working with a trainer or having an accountability partner is helpful for Mars in Libra. They need to focus on the lumbar region of the body.
Mars in Scorpio: The HIIT lover
Scorpions are known for their passion, and if you're a Scorpio Mars, that definitely comes across in how you approach your sweat sessions. "They would tend toward high intensity workouts, like HIIT, Tabata, CrossFit, or TRX classes. Water sports are also favorable for Mars in this water sign," Lang says. People with their Mars in Scorpio have a tendency to push themselves too hard, though, so be sure to stay in tune with what your body needs and give it plenty of rest between workouts.
Mars in Sagittarius: The adventure aficionado
Sagittarius is a fire sign, and so a Mars Sagittarius needs physical activity to keep the flames fanned and stress levels down. As such, they're more inclined to take their exercise outside, where they can connect with their environment. "This sign craves outdoor activities, like hiking, rock climbing, skiing, or mountain biking," Lang says. "For them, physical activity can be spiritual in nature. They might even enjoy going on adventures to experience more of the great outdoors. Mars in Sagittarius can be quite athletic."
Mars in Capricorn: The team player
Slow and steady wins the race for Mars in Capricorn, but that's not to say they're lazy by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, a Mars Cap is likely to push their limits when getting physical. "In Capricorn, Mars is exalted, which means it is well-placed and right at home. Mars in Capricorn can be competitive, but more so with themselves than with others. Capricorn rules the bones, and any exercise that helps strengthen the bones and joints is good for Mars in Capricorn," Lang says, which means that low-impact modalities (which don't involve jumping, so are easy on the joints) are the name of the game here. Capricorns also tend to be very in tune with their bodies, so finding the motivation to sweat is second nature.
Mars in Aquarius: The social sweater
"Aquarius is an air sign, and someone with Mars in Aquarius may prefer exercises that combine mental and physical acuity. Arial sports, acrobatics, or trampoline would be favorable for this Mars sign," Lang says, also pointing out that team sports may cater to the Aquarius motivation for community and connection. "They have a tendency to get bored…so, they need to change up their routine. Something social, like a spin class, will be good for Aquarius."
Mars in Pisces: The zen-seeker
Unsurprisingly, Pisces, the twin-fish water sign, gravitates toward water sports like swimming, water polo, rowing, or diving. They're just not super big on exerting energy. Hate the water? Mars Pisces can also focus on activities that zero-in on Zen. "Exercises that combine body, mind, and spirit are excellent for this Mars sign," Lang says, specifically highlighting Acroyoga, dancing, martial arts, and Zumba as great options for Mars in Pisces. "This Mars sign can be very expressive and motivated by creative expression."
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