This week we get a little unorthodox with our topic – we discuss an economic theory, Game Theory, and then explain how it relates to fitness and how a lot of people are taking an incorrect approach to their fitness goals.
In Game Theory, there are two specific types of games: infinite contests and finite contests. The finite ones are the games we are all used to – baseball, football, etc. There are predetermined rules and a clear objective – whoever has the most points at the end wins. The goal is to beat your opponent. The other type of game, however, isn’t so simple. In infinite contests there are undefined rules and there is no clear objective. There is no standard for victory. The only goal is to outlast everyone else, to keep on playing as long as possible.
In episode 15 we talk more in depth about this game theory idea and we explain how a lot of people approach health and wellness in this “finite game” style where they have very short term objectives. What we need to do is develop a mindset more closely in line with the “infinite contest” with the goal of sticking it out as long as possible. Tune in now to get a clearer understanding of what we are talking about!