How to make your exercise (and life) more efficient

Time. There’s never enough of it. After taking care of work and family, there is often little time left for you.

So, what time you do have should be used in the most efficient way. In other words, you should find ways to get more output from every second of input.

Exercise is no different. Why put in more time and effort, when you can get the same (or better) results from less time and effort.

The trick is to do exercises that work more than one muscle group, ideally many muscle groups and many other tissues.

A great example is the weighted suitcase press. It combines a weighted squat, a bicep curl, and a shoulder press. But the result is more than the sum of its parts, because it’s a full-body movement, working just about every muscle and connective tissue from ankle to wrist. Learn how to do it in this short video.

Natural physical function is not a collection of isolated movements. Your body is an intricate machine of seamlessly interconnected components, each moving in concert with the rest. The most efficient, effective, and enjoyable exercise embraces the whole.

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