Human nature dictates that as we grow older our bodies change. It is the law of the universe; change. Along with change comes sagging jowls and chin; a fact of life. Gravity can be cruel. Chins, breasts and eyelids are all in cahoots when it comes to getting older; they all fall south, stealing youth. With the many products on the market to suppress and even eliminate a double chin, we should all look young and vibrant. Sure, you can have liposuction, but that is out of reach for many. For the majority, these products and surgeries require a lot of time and expense.
Most of my readers partake in some type of exercise (if you are not exercising at least three times a week, then we need to talk). Defy gravity and fight aging now; don’t wait.
It is important before doing these exercises that you consult with your health care professional. Avoid injury and strain. Slowly warm up neck and shoulders with gentle head rolls. Do not jerk or pull muscles, as it may cause discomfort. Once limber, add these 10 exercises to your workout and reap the benefits of a toned, taut face and neck.
1. Neck Lift
Yogaforeternalbliss provides essential information to get rid of a double chin. Try their neck lift exercise. Hold your hand tight at the base of your neck, on your collarbone. Slowly move your head up and down, gently tilting. Feel your neck tighten and relax as you firm jowl and neckline. Do 12 reps, rest, and then repeat again.
2. Up And Over
Begin in a relaxed position. Press lips together to tighten facial muscles. Look up and over, tilting neck slightly to the right. Engage all neck and jowl muscles, feeling them tighten. Hold the pose for 30 seconds. Relax and return to start position. Repeat on left side; purse lips and look up and over, tightening muscles.
3. Chin Be-Gone
Stand tall and look forward. Gently extend neck and protrude chin in and out. Keep your head and body still. Feel chin and neck muscles tighten as you move your chin in and out. This works the jaw and surrounding muscles to create firmness. Complete 12 reps, rest, and repeat again.
4. Gravity Kiss
Relax and take a deep breathe. Tilt chin slightly, in a comfortable position. “Kiss” the air in a wide, intentional kissing motion, parting lips. Feel chin tighten. Complete 12 reps, rest, and repeat again.
5. Chin Hold
Purse your lips together tightly. Place three fingertips of both hands under your bottom lip; thumbs under chin. Press down and hold firmly with your fingertips, keeping lips taught. While you are pressing with fingertips, use your chin to keep your lips from parting. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat.
6. Neck Hold
Softly place both hands around your neck. In an easy, slow motion, pull neck muscles down while looking upward. Gently raise chin into the air – slightly protruding, hold for 30 seconds. Repeat.
7. "O" Maneuver One
With lips tight together, make an "O", pulling (sucking motion) in checks and facial muscles. Hold chin gently in the air for 30 seconds. Muscles will tighten and feel firm. Repeat.
8. "O" Maneuver Two
Repeat "O" Maneuver, but this time hold for a second, then release; hold and release. Complete 12 reps, rest, and repeat.
9. Chin Press
Place the back of your fingers under your chin. Keep lips together (tightly) and press chin into fingers. Fingers provide resistance as muscles firm and tighten. Complete 12 reps, rest, and repeat.
10. Tongue Press
Livestrong.com explains how to do a Tongue Press. With good posture and head relaxed, press tongue to the roof of your mouth. Lower chin, up and down. Feel neck and jowl muscles contract with each movement. Complete 12 reps, rest, and repeat.
There are a variety of hairstyles and beards to hide your double chin. These work for a while, but they do not make your double chin go away. Diet plays an important part how many chins you have – if you overeat, the more chins appear. A healthy diet goes hand-in-hand with any exercise program. Combine the two for a winning you.
Genetics, posture, weight, diet, exercise and age all come into play with sagging skin. Some people acquire double chin(s) at an early age, while others press on into their 60’s or 70’s before gravity takes over. Start now to look your best at any age. At the end of the day, a little exercise goes a long way. Consult with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program. A certified fitness trainer can guide you through the exercise process and help you to get the body of your dreams. Say goodbye to flab, double chins and sagging skin. Look and feel youthful all your life. Start today with an exercise routine that emphasizes the sexy you; the proof is in the mirror.