And How Do We Get Involved

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And How Do We Get Involved

The fitness craze seems to have caught with everyone, be it a celebrity or just a face in the crowd. All are doing it that is sweating it out in the gym, the pool or the nearby stadium. On dinner tables they prefer to talk rather than eat. An interesting development indeed, but what's depressing is that many of these people aren't happy doing what they are. Get close and you will notice their face muscles held taut during the morning walk, a smile from them would but be an impossible dream, they are in fact cursing themselves for being blessed with a prosperous life (no prosperity, no evil temptations to binge, right?)

Giving up exercise isn't an answer either...

That leaves us with no option but to get involved. And how do we get involved? Simple, just by finding an interesting activity, something that sounds play and not work. Confused still? Here's some good news; your sunsigns can give you some helpful hints.

Aquarius : Tennis, basketball, trekking may sound interesting for them; the secret is that these people cannot work alone and love to have lot of people around, at least most of the time.

Another major need for Aquarians is to improve their circulation. So ideally they should pursue activities like running, swimming, dancing etc which strengthen their breathing capacities. And more...they get the desired results like excellent metabolism, raised immunity levels, glowing looks etc.

One warning though; these people are never happy settling down to routine. So even at a gym they have to be doing different kinds of exercises on different days to keep their motivation levels high.

Pisces : The fitness fight is a difficult one for Pisceans since they love to eat. It would be better if they keep away from pessimistic friends as they absorb the negativity a bit too fast and give up. One consolation though, Pisceans are excellent visualisers and they could motivate themselves towards greater fitness using this skill.

Since this is the sign of the fish, majority take to water activities swimming, surfing, rowing with great delight. Others would at least love to run by the beach. Fishes are also famous for graceful movements, so yoga would also suit fine. They also love to dare and may pursue horse-riding, dancing, skating, swimming often. All outdoor games, be it run and chase, cricket, kho kho will also agreed upon as long as they are challenging.

Though the gym is not the right place for them, Pisceans could be inspired by some great music and well designed exercise clothes. Even the promise of a relaxing sauna bath or a shower would motivate them to spend some more time at the treadmill. Dance being a great passion, step aerobics, aerobic dancing or even an evening at the disc will easily receive a "Let's Go" from them.

Aries : These people love to get over things fast and also get immediate results. Unfortunately exercise doesn't happen that way. Human body has got its limitations just like anything else. One advantage for these people is that they are always on the move and therefore do not put on weight easily.

Arians would do better by exploiting their strength, endurance, confidence and drive in tough activities like martial arts, wind surfing, football, basketball, gymnastics, boxing, skipping etc. Iron being their metal, even weight lifting would suit fine for them. While at the gym they should get into some strenuous activities to get rid off the stress.

However a major hitch is that these people consider everything as a challenge and don't learn to take it easy.

Taurus : Bulls belong to yet another group that adores good, sorry rich food and lots of rest. No wonder they find it tough to fight the battle of the bulge.

Typical Taureans don't love to work hard at the gym or the tennis court, they would rather walk or go cycling by the country side. They may choose swimming, not at the pool but the nearby stream. Nature is a greatest temptation for them since it relaxes them.

City dwellers should carry walkmans to the gym and listen to some inspiring music while working out. That releases the stress of keeping fit. If this isn't enough, the promise of a neat aromatherapy massage at the end may inspire them to do a few more pushups or abdominal crunches.

For those reluctant Taureans, family members could provide a gentle push by persuading them to take the kids out to play or at least walk the dog. Tennis is out since it calls for quick movements but a Taurean will take up the gardening work happily.

Gemini : These people are basically restless, so staying fit should be an easy game for them. They love change and flexibility. Gymnastics, cycling, swimming, aerobic dancing should be instant choices with them.

Geminis may also settle for tennis, badminton, Frisbee since they love to work with a partner. These games also give them time and space to chat. Brisk walk is yet another activity these people wouldn't mind.

Breathing is one area these people have to improve upon, since good breathing refers to strength. Aerobics or jogging can be pursued for better results. Slow activities like yoga aren't for them but they would probably fare well at dance, gymnastics, basketball, or tennis since movements aren't as slow.

One negative quality in Geminis is stress bingeing. They have to find a way to release excess stress and ensure they are calm before arriving at the dining table. If they cannot find something nice, they could even bite into an apple or guava to get their nerves in order.

The sign of the twins demands variety. A rigid exercise routine is out for them. Let them check out their choices and modify their schedule as they want.

Cancer : Water relaxes them; Cancerians simply love water sports like swimming, sailing, wind surfing and rafting. Even running on the beach would do for them as long they can keep in touch with water.

Hard driven exercise programs are out for these people. These sensitive souls need something more gentle, say stretching exercises. Water calisthenics would be best since it will soothe their nerves and strengthen them even more.

Cancer being the sign of the born nurturer, they love to cook, feed and eat really good food. A slight caution against good food will help them to stay in better shape.

Leo : They love to exercise but have to be pampered and persuaded, kings afterall. Hence these people would work better under a personal trainer. Music is a great passion with them, so they would find aerobic dance interesting.

These people like to have friends around but would love to be the focal point at health clubs. They are also competition lovers and spiritedly take part in basketball, tennis, golf or even power sports like kickboxing.

Last but not least, lions need to stretch a lot to feel better. Yoga, calisthenics, power walking would help them in this regard. Lions also shine well with a little sunshine. Naturally they don't find winter sports like skiing, a great pleasure. Instead they would prefer to go cycling or horseriding in warmer climates.

Virgo : These busy bees hate to rest. No wonder they don't find staying fit a great bother. Their only problem would be time but definitely not laziness. They would love to work out the stress and fat at the nearby gym rather than lie down looking at the stars. Virgos will however need the slow and balanced movements of yoga or meditation to cool down.

This is the class of strong men/women; endurance sports like hiking, cross-country skiing, long-distance running are made just for them.

A word of advice though, Virgos should not drive themselves so hard in the fitness race, but instead exert a little caution at the dining table. Yes, a balanced diet is what they need to get better and faster results. Let them have a nice meal and go for a walk or a bicycle ride.

Libra : He/she is the true party lover. But what these people forget is to rest. It would help if they remember that sleep is an important part of the fitness regime.

Librans love to exist in pairs (think of the two pans in a weighing scale); no wonder they love to have a gym buddy. You will find libran husbands pulling their wives or friends along to the pool or the squash court. Activities like squash, basketball, volleyball, dancing or sailing that calls for a partner would be fine with them.

Another important requirement for these people is to get their muscles strong and flexible. Golf, ball room dancing, gymnastics would help them achieve this need. One warning though, they may get a little carried away with all that socialising and forget to exercise!

Scorpio : These highly ambitious people demand some strenuous activities to help them release pent-up stress. They can take up boxing, long distance running or even the punching bag game. They would take up tennis or squash, but their partners' better give quick responses.

Sometimes these people desperately need to be left alone to do some quiet thinking. Therefore working out alone in the gym is ok with them. Left alone, they peddle faster and that too non-stop at the stationery cycle and even race faster on the treadmill. This way they would burn both fat and stress quick enough! Of course they would need some relaxing activities like deep breathing or slow jogging to cool their ruffled nerves after a challenge.

Sagittarius : They love sports and also love to be outdoors most of the time. Any game is okay say kho kho, volleyball, cycling, skating; Saggis possess both inclination and speed. At the gym, these true extroverts will need some pals to get motivated.

They are great travel lovers; horseriding, rowing and rock climbing would be some of their preferred activities. Calisthenics may help them to keep their body flexible and strong enough to withstand stress.

One major warning though, these people will have to get over inertia to turn their exercise regimen a success. Else, they would keep coming up with new excuses until a really good reason or pal drags them to the gym.

Capricorn : These people again thrive on change and make adjustments almost immediately. Ideally, their fitness schedule should include a variety of activities, say jogging on Monday, swimming on Tuesday, lifting weights on Wednesday, so on and so forth.

Capricorn being an earth sign, these people need to be in constant touch with the ground. Activities like hiking, rockclimbing, golf would suit them fine. However they should be doing some stretching and weight lifting exercises at least now and then, to keep their bodies strong and agile.

Whatever they do, these people should always remember that they are doing them for self-improvement and not for competing with others. This will ensure that they don't overdo!

Sound advice, but... These guidelines are based on gener al observations. Exceptions may always be found.

Mayur Deshpande is proprietor of Fitnesssmith an organization committed to serve fitness as a lifestyle. I am qualified fitness instructor and consultant and have 8 years of rich working experience in the field of fitness. Just as we have a goldsmith who specializes in making things out of gold, in the same way FITNESSSMITH is an organization which specializes and is committed to serve fitness as a lifestyle. For more information about fitness & health visit


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About The Author Mayur Deshpande is proprietor of Fitnesssmith an organization committed to serve fitness as a lifestyle. I am qualified fitness instructor and consultant and have 8 years of rich working experience in the field of fitness. Just as we have a goldsmith who specializes in making things out of gold, in the same way FITNESSSMITH is an organization which specializes and is committed to serve fitness as a lifestyle.

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