I love this question. I began thinking about it while cycling. I haven't cycled very much this summer, but why do I feel so strong and have so much cardio despite the heat and humidity?
Why do I feel more balanced? Why do my standing yoga poses (on land and in the studio) feel so much easier and grounded? I can hold them longer in comfort and relaxation.
Nothing hurts. My muscles are long and lean.
The only thing I did differently this year from past years was lots of SUP (Stand up Paddleboard). What I call "simple SUP". Just paddleboarding at a relaxed easy pace for an hour (or two) several times a week. Even 30 minutes feels good if that's all you've got time for, or if a thunderstorm rolls in and you have to get off the water.
The results of simple SUP, something I find just plain fun and easy, are amazing.
When one sport or practice informs another, they are complements to each other. Athletes call it cross-training.
When one sport or activity informs another, and improves your performance and feels good . . . where's your center?
It's in balance! There's harmony and good flow in your body and mind.
Enjoy the many benefits of SUP (Stand up Paddleboard)!
I wish you a safe, peaceful, and happy Labor Day holiday.