What are infinite games? Like the name implies, it’s an endeavor that doesn’t end. There’s no final bell or finish line. It’s a game where the goal isn’t to win, it’s to keep playing.
It’s easy to make things that matter finite games but to make the most out of them, now and in the future, you should make them infinite games. Think about relationships, finances, happiness, and health. There’s no finish line for these. There is no pinnacle of fitness or health. Instead, it’s decisions that you make each and every day. I’ve talked about beginning with the end in mind before and why it’s important. The sooner you can learn this and apply it to your health and fitness, the better your life will be.
Finite Games in Health
The most common fitness goals are short sighted goals. Things like running a marathon, losing a certain amount of weight, or performing a given feat. These are great as long as they are taken as stepping stones through the lifelong journey of health and not as life defining moments.
Someone who can run a marathon has a strong heart and cardiovascular system. Someone who has 9-18% or 20-31% body fat as a man or woman respectively, has a healthy body composition. Someone who can lift so much or do a given skill usually has good strength and mobility depending on the skill.
The difficult news is that even if you reach one of these goals, you’ll still have things you want to work on. I’ve heard from many people that they were discouraged after having ran a marathon that they still felt unsatisfied with their health.
They had thought that by accomplishing their goal they would have a body that they were happy with or that they would feel better with more energy. Unfortunately for them, those aren’t the results of running a marathon. This is why it’s important to begin with the end in mind.
How Should You Train For Lifelong Health?
Humans are meant to be generalists when it comes to fitness. We aren’t really good at any given thing (except for probably throwing). We can’t run very fast and we aren’t very strong. We have survived as a species by being just okay at a lot of things. This is exactly the way we should approach our health and fitness. Being alright at a handful of things.
You need to have muscular endurance and strength, cardiovascular endurance and strength, flexibility/mobility, and good nutrition. Each of these is a component of a healthy individual.
It can be tempting to focus on one area alone that you are particularly good at but when you do, you inch towards an extreme and you flirt with injury. Take time to cycle through phases that improve each area of general health to widen your base.