Using the planets to get your heart rate up
I posted on my Instagram last week about how I've been using the planetary days of the week to schedule my workouts, and a lot of your Babes were interested in it! I've been a meathead for the majority of my life. I've always been involved sports and I was even a powerlifter for a brief period of time. With Mars being so prominent in my chart, this shouldn't be any surprise. I'm always looking for a new way to enhance my workouts so they keep my attention, and one day it hit me: I should be aligning the planetary day of the week with the body part I target that day. I've been doing this for awhile now and I can truly say that I enjoy it so much.
Now I want to share this with you! In this post I'm going to go over the planetary days of the week and explain the workouts I tend to do that day based on the zodiac sign that planet governs over. I'll also try to give an array of activities to try out, because I understand that not everyone wants to lift weights or run all the time.
Monday- The Moon ☽
Mondays belong to the Moon. I've even heard people affectionately call it "Moonday". The Moon is the domicile ruler of Cancer. Cancer governs over our chest and stomach, which means we're going to target chest and abs. Exercises for this include:
Dumbbell bench press
Crunches of all kinds
After we shake off our case of the Mondays, we roll on into Tuesday, which is Mar's domain. Mars is the domicile ruler of Aries and Scorpio. This one might have you scratching your head a bit as to what to exercise. Aries rules things like the head, eyes, and teeth. Scorpio rules things like the bowels, reproductive organs, genitals, and bile. They do, however, have one shared governance...blood. With Mars as their natural ruler, blood is going to be important to these two signs. So on Tuesdays we're going to be focusing on exercises that get the heart rate going. Exercises for this include:
HIIT (high-intensity interval training)
Cardio of all kinds
Organized sports (Tennis, soccer, basketball, etc)
Wednesday- Mercury ☿
Wednesday is guided by Mercurial energy. Which it's so fitting for Mercury to be right in the middle of the week because it always takes on the role of the "go-between". Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo. Gemini is given the arms, hands, shoulders, and lungs. Virgo is left to rule the digestive system and small intestines; which sounds like it won't fit in this scheme, but trust me, it does. We're going to focus mostly on Gemini for the actual workout and Virgo for something after. Exercises for this include:
Overhead tricep extension
Alright, so where is Virgo in this? We know that Virgo tends to be an anxious or critical sign by nature, which is part of their digestive/intestines rulership. After my workout on Wednesdays I make a point to relax. I meditate most days, but on Wednesday I do an after workout meditation that includes a bod scan. Instead of my traditional meditation method, I focus my mind on my body and consciously relax it. Starting with the head and working down to the feet, allow yourself to really hear your body. Take note of any tension, aches, pains, and breathe through them accordingly. If we're going to be working out and pushing our bodies, it's important to check in and take notice of our physical needs.
Thursday- Jupiter ♃
This is not only the day of the week I was born, but also my favorite day of the week in general, AND my favorite exercise day. Thursday belongs to big daddy Jupiter. Jupiter is the domicile ruler of both Sagittarius and Pisces. Sagittarius governs the hips, thighs, and lumbar region. Pisces rules, well...the feet. This means we're doing legs and some fancy footwork on Thursdays! Whatever you do, don't skip leg day. Zeus never skipped leg day. Exercises for this include:
Agility ladder drills
The sweet relief of Friday! Venus ushers in the weekend with benefic goodness, but not before we get our workout in. Venus is the domicile ruler of Taurus and Libra. Taurus rules the neck, throat, and vocal cords, while Libra governs the skin, lower back, and butt. Friday is similar to Tuesday in that it's more of a flex day. Do exercises that get you moving and have an element of fun to them. I personally use this as a day to do a lot of cycling because I can listen to my music really loud and just jam out. Exercises for this include:
Cycling or stationary bike
Saunas (for increased sweating)
Saturday- Saturn ♄
A big part of exercising and not getting burnt out is allowing your muscles to heal. This is what the "rest day" is for. Saturn is the ruler of Saturday, which seems unfair knowing that Saturn would want you to work and get things done on one of your days off. Saturn is the domicile ruler of Capricorn and Aquarius. Capricorn is attributed to the knees, joints, skeletal system, ligaments, and nails. Aquarius governs the ankles, calves, circulatory system, and veins. Since this is our rest day, we don't technically have to do anything, but because it's Saturn's domain, we should. This is a great day to stretch, do yoga, and ultimately treat your body to what it requires to start another week fresh. Exercises for this include:
Light walks or hikes
Rest and recovery
Sunday- The Sun ☉
Sunday could belong to none other than...The Sun. The Sun is the domicile ruler of Leo. Leo rules over our heart, upper back, and spine. Much like Saturday, this going to be a heavy stretch day. We're also going to want to throw in some back exercises though, because a strong back keeps us standing confident and upright like Leo would want. Exercises for this include:
Resistance band pull apart
Single arm dumbbell rows
Lots of stretching
That, my Babes, is how I use the planetary days to inform my workout schedule. I hope you'll give it a shot! If you do, let me know what you think. Leave a comment about how it's been going and what exercises you've been doing on what days, especially if it's something I don't have listed here. I'd love to hear about it.