They say that variety is the spice of life, and shouldn’t the same be said for training? As a runner, falling into a rut due to lack of workout variety is a very real possibility. To beat the monotony, we’ve consulted the stars to bring you the best non-running fitness activities to incorporate into your workout routine based on your zodiac signs.
Break out your birth chart and follow along to get inspiration on what to try on your next trip to the gym, the trail, or the track!
Taurus: April 20 - May 20
Strong, Dependable, Creative
Weight Training - Oftentimes, your strength is seen as a blessing and a burden. But when it comes to switching up your workout routines, adding in some weight training is just what you need, bull. Grab your at-home weights and make it an arm and leg day.
Worried that lifting weights can keep you from hitting your running goals? Check out these quick myth busters about weight training and hit the gym!
Gemini: May 21 - June 20
Versatile, Expressive, Curious
Circuit Workout - Versatile is your middle name, Twin Spirit. So, naturally, a hybrid workout of different exercises is the perfect way to keep you from losing interest. The benefits of circuit training are numerous, but a few include boosted metabolism, improved cardiovascular function and endurance, and quicker results. If you don’t have an open gym floor area to utilize fitness machines, you can create an at-home circuit with some simple fitness equipment (like a jump rope and some resistance bands) or none at all!
Cancer: June 21- July 22
Intuitive, Compassionate, Sentimental
Barre - Tone while you twirl and tap into your sentimental side in a beginner barre class. Inspired by traditional ballet positions and techniques, barre fitness is an effective and low-impact way to target several muscle groups in the body, for a more well-rounded workout and more overall results. According to WebMD, barre fitness exercises can help to strengthen joints, improve flexibility, and increase core conditioning, so what’re you waiting for?
Leo: July 23 - August 22
Outgoing, Fiery, Self-Assured
Boxing - Showcase your pride and ferocity in the ring, Leo! Boxing has been a highly regarded cardio-based sport for generations, and its traditional exercises are a sure-fire way to knock out calories and keep your heart in good shape. Do a quick internet search for boxing gyms near you and glove up for an unconventional workout that will leave you feeling powerful.
Virgo: August 23 - September 22
Practical, Gentle, Analytical
Yoga - Nothing helps you connect to your centred self better than a super chill yoga class. Don’t let the smooth and isolated movements fool you––yoga can be intense. Give these yoga poses for relaxation a try and allow your mind and body to unwind simultaneously. If you’re looking for a more challenging sweat session, grab your AfterShokz sports towel and take on a hot yoga class like a pro!
Libra: September 23 - October 22
Social, Diplomatic, Gracious
Dance Class - You’re probably known in your circle as a social butterfly of sorts. Flex your talkative talents to make a group of new friends at a dance class! According to Active.com, you can burn an average of anywhere from 200 to 400 calories with just 30 minutes of continuous dancing.
In addition to working up a good sweat, trying out a dance class is a low-impact way to learn a new skill (and some fancy footwork while you’re at it). Make plans to attend a tango class with someone special or show off your moves with a hip-hop routine on TikTok. Whatever you choose, you’re certain to tear up the dance floor.
Scorpio: October 23 - November 21
Passionate, Resourceful, Brave
Rock Climbing - Fuel your inner fire with something adventurous, Scorpio! Incorporating a challenge like rock climbing into your fitness journey is a dynamic way to explore your keen problem-solving skills while burning calories. In fact, research suggests that rock climbing for just one hour can burn anywhere from 500 to 900 calories, making it an effective way to stay in shape.
While rock climbing does require equipment, indoor rock climbing gyms typically provide everything you need to conquer any (artificial) cliffside. Before you have your first rappelling experience, check out these quick rock climbing tips for beginners.
Sagittarius: November 22 - December 21
Extroverted, Optimistic, Generous
Cycling - Your outgoing nature makes you adaptable in just about any situation, including an intense spin class. Constant pedalling and arguably the best playlists of all time make spin classes a guaranteed way to clock some serious cardio. While it’s not considered proper cycling etiquette to chat with your neighbours, indoor cycle classes are known for being high-energy environments that are fueled by motivation and encouragement. Who knows, your spin classmates may end up being lifelong friends!
Capricorn: December 22 - January 19
Independent, Tenacious, Disciplined
Lap Swimming - You’re always going hard, Capricorn, so why not keep that same energy with a swim workout? You’re known for being disciplined, and laps require some serious determination. Lap swimming is a great way to get your cardio in without technically ever breaking a sweat.
Regardless of your skill level, there’s an accessible lap swimming workout for everyone.
Aquarius: January 20 - February 18
Deep, Imaginative, Uncompromising
Aerial Silks Class - Being the water bearer can be tough, especially when you find yourself in one of your introspective moods. Enter your local aerial studio for an unconventional workout to fit your love of being different. Find the ideal outlet for your deepest emotions through acrobatics and some serious core strength at a local aerial arts class. Get the scoop on what to expect at your first aerial silks class and enjoy spinning out -- the healthy way.
Pisces: February 19 - March 20
Affectionate, Empathetic, Wise
Hiking - Stay in tune with your thoughtful side by hitting an elevated trail for an unconventional workout. Hiking provides a healthy dose of cardio without the intensity or bodily impact that is often experienced on a traditional trail run.
In addition to the scenery, taking a hike is a great way to practice mindfulness. Get a quality workout in while surrendering to your deep thoughts for a holistic wellness moment. Not sure where to take a hike? Check out this hiking trail finder to get started.
Aries: March 21 - April 19
Dynamic, Quick, Competitive
HIIT - HIIT (high-intensity interval training) has become a popular workout option for fitness-minded people everywhere, and it isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. The quick-hit exercises included in HIIT training workouts provide the perfect opportunity for you to tap into your competitive nature without running the risk of getting bored with too much rest time. Crush some calories in as little as 30 minutes and enjoy the rest of your day!