Your sun sign represents your ego or driving force, but your Mars sign indicates your mode of action. When blocked, Mars energy can surface as anger and frustration, but when channeled correctly, you’ll be able to fire on all cylinders. Keep your sun sign in mind as you read your Mars sign, and perhaps even try a combination of both!
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Mars in ARIES – fast and furious
People with Mars in Aries often gravitate towards adventurous, adrenaline-pumping activities. Past-paced sports and competitive pastimes tend to appeal, although enthusiasm can wane as the novelty wears off. Anything too slow or boring will quickly lose you, so choose pursuits that get the heart pumping, and try to mix it up. Power yoga, jogging, touch football, soccer, fencing, boxercise, motor racing, go-carting, mountain climbing, the sky’s the limit!
Mars in TAURUS – staying power
People with Mars in Taurus tend to enjoy the good life, but once they set a goal, their determination and staying power can be impressive. Once momentum builds, your energy levels are strong and steady, making you a great motivator for less dedicated types. Nature-based activities like walking, golf and jogging may appeal, along with pursuits that require fortitude and endurance; being ruled by Venus, anything involving music or dancing should also hit the spot.
Mars in GEMINI – energy to burn
People with Mars in Gemini often resonate with fast, high intensity workouts: aerobics, cycling, jogging and group fitness sessions should hit the spot and help to calm the nerves. Interval training was made for this sign! If you can talk at the same time, even better. Dance classes like Zumba and tap also fit well, along with cycling, walking and racquet sports. As this Mars sign tends to be jittery, regular, stress-relieving exercise is crucial.
Mars in CANCER – the homebody
People with Mars in Cancer can be prone to weight gain (hello, sweet tooth), so regular exercise is essential. Being a water sign, swimming and aquaerobics might hit the spot, or try pastimes like sailing, fishing and canoeing. Being the zodiac’s homebody, online yoga or fitness DVDs can work well, along with group sessions with family and friends. If you feel self-conscious, smaller gyms or women only classes might work well for you.
Mars in LEO – childlike joy
People with Mars in Leo would do well to look back to childhood for inspiration. Active, flowing yoga might reawaken your inner gymnast, along with trampolines, tightropes or circus skills. This energetic sign tends to be enthusiastic, impulsive and ambitious – and if adventure or adrenaline is thrown into the mix, all the better. In the end though, anything involving people or performing is perfect: group walks, disco dancing, Zumba, it’s all good.
Mars in VIRGO – eye for detail
People with Mars in Virgo are generally quite sensible about health and exercise … when they can find the time. Regularity is the magic key for this sign, so if need be, draw up a schedule and stick it on the fridge. Activities that require precision, like Pilates and Iyengar yoga often appeal, along with bowling, tennis, golf, and of course, walking. Just try to reign in that perfectionist streak, and don’t overdo it. No one’s perfect.
Mars in LIBRA – balance and beauty
People with Mars in Libra sometimes avoid exercise, as sweaty activities can leave them cold – that’s unless dancing or socialising is involved. If exercise is a stop-start affair for you, finding a chatty exercise buddy could make all the difference. Away from the dance floor, look for activities that encourage symmetry, like walking, swimming, rowing, Tai Chi, yoga and Pilates, or join a social sporting club. Netball, anyone?
Mars in SCORPIO – focused intensity
People with Mars in Scorpio love to feel fit and strong, so if you’ve fallen into bad habits, find a personal trainer, join a good gym or try martial arts like karate or kick-boxing. Squeeze in a few power walks as well … with Mars ramping up your determination, you might end up running marathons. Sexual energy is often quite strong in this sign, so why not spice things up by learning belly or pole dancing, or go Latin. Cha cha cha.
Mars in SAGITTARIUS – wild and free
For people with Mars in Sagittarius, fresh air is a magic elixir, so head for the great outdoors. Symbolised by the centaur, horse riding fits well with this sign, along with archery, cycling, running and bushwalking. Racket sports like tennis also appeal to Sags, along with more spiritual practices like hatha yoga and Tai Chi. Find ways to combine fitness, adventure and travel, and staying healthy should be a breeze. Indian ashram anyone?
Mars in CAPRICORN – slow and steady
People with Mars in Capricorn understand the value of hard work and routine, in fact, their staying power is often legendary. Athletics, distance running, rock climbing (they are ruled by the mountain goat) and competitive sports may appeal when younger, but knees and joints may need TLC when older; stretching and strengthening exercises are important, so try to mix things up. Hiking, sailing, beach walking, weight lifting … it’s all good.
Mars in AQUARIUS – off the beaten track
Being the zodiac’s eccentric, people with Mars in Aquarius like to make a splash. Aquatic sports like swimming, sailing, surfing and aquaerobics should sooth your inner water baby, though being an air-ruled sign, flying – on trapezes, trampolines, flying foxes or quite literally, in airplanes – might also hit the spot. If stress builds, or you hear the call of the wild, look for endurance-style sports and pastimes that get the heart pumping!
Mars in PISCES – escapist dreams
For people with Mars in Pisces dancing is like an astral wonder-drug, along with artistic and watery pursuits like swimming, snorkeling, fishing and painting. If you can’t find a pool, look for a gym that offers Zumba or bliss out with hatha yoga classes. If competitive sports leave you cold, recharge your batteries by getting back to the basics – fresh air, gardening, walking – or spend time in beautiful parks or out-of-the-way places.