What Defines a Sport?
Playing a sport well requires muscle groups to work in an integrated, functional manner in order to achieve success, rather like a sports team itself. Compare that with going to the gym, where muscles are typically worked in isolation. We all tend to work with our strengths, but the reality is that we need to develop and strengthen in all areas.
For most of us, the gym feels like something we “have” to do, whereas playing a sport is something we look forward to doing – notice how we use the word “play” when talking about sports. The gym remains a valid and important option that can add value to our lives; it’s just not the same.