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The Pull-back: Don’t just hop out of the shower in the morning. Go grab a towel and strengthen your core, lats, triceps and shoulders – all before your hair even dries

1. With straight arms, grab either end of a towel. Bring the towel over your head, palms facing forward. Use the muscles underneath your armpits and triceps to pull on the towel as if you are trying to rip it in two. Engage your core so that you don’t arch your back. Keep trying to pull for 10 to 30 seconds. 2. Next, keep pulling on the towel while doing reverse lunges: Step one leg behind yourself, then bend both knees to lower your body toward the ground. Then use the bum muscle of the front leg to stand up. Repeat 10 to 20 times.

Carrie Cockburn/The Globe and Mail

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