There’s no denying that when a person meets you, your face is the first thing that he or she notices. With increasing age, skin loses collagen and elasticity, which causes it to sag around the neck and chin, giving rise to a double chin. Some factors that can augment the process are long hours of exposure to sun, smoking and a poor diet. Fortunately, you can make this double chin disappear without going for expensive surgeries. Following is a list of exercises that will aid in toning your neck and chin muscles if you perform them for a few months without fail. These exercises can help stretch and tone your face, neck, and jaw muscles, thereby helping you get rid of your double chin.
- Stick out your tongue
Sit or stand straight but in a relaxed position. Facing forward, open your mouth as wide as you can. Stick your tongue out as far as possible until you feel your chin and neck tighten around your jaw. Hold your tongue out while counting to 10. Relax and retreat your tongue inside your mouth. Repeat this 10 times to complete. This great exercise will build the muscles in your chin.
- Fish face
We loved making this face as kids but never knew that it would also help being one of the easiest exercise to reduce double chin. You can do the fish face anytime, anywhere. While sitting idle, or with a book, in the kitchen, or while commuting to work, while watching T.V. or while taking a shower. You simply suck in your cheeks and let your lips form that fish mouth. Hold that posture for 5 seconds, you will feel strain in your cheeks and jaws. You can relax then and repeat it for 15 to 20 times. Remember to do this every day for best results.
- Platysma tone
The platysma tone exercise works on the muscle that runs along your neck down from your jaw, and tones your chin and neck muscles providing you with a prominent jaw line. Stand or sit with a straight spine. Pull back your lips over your teeth and turn them downward. Move your jaw up and down and let the tendons of the neck tighten. Hold the corners of your mouth downward as if you were frowning. Hold this position for 10 seconds, then relax. Repeat this 10 times.
- Blowing out air
Blowing out air from your mouth is one of the simplest effective exercises that will help you get rid of chubby cheeks and double chin. It tones the muscles of your chin, neck, cheeks, and jaws to give you back your lean appearance. Sit straight on a chair. Tilt your head back so that you can face the ceiling. Pucker your lips and blow out air from your mouth. Repeat it 15 to 20 times.
- Kiss the ceiling
You can either stand or sit, a kiss will feel good anyway. A kiss doesn’t have any process to follow but this particular one does. Start by raising your chin and tilting your head to face the ceiling. Now pucker your lips in a kissing position and hold that pose for at least 10 seconds. This exercise works by stretching most of the facial muscles including the jaw, throat, chin and neck. You should keep your eyes fixed on the ceiling. While holding the positing, you should feel a tightening in your neck and chin. When 10 seconds get over, relax and come back to the beginning position. You would want to repeat this 10 to 15 times so that the double chin vanishes quite quickly.
- Head Lift
Now be careful while doing this exercise, as it may make your head go dizzy at times. You have to lie down face-up on your bed and allow your head hang off the edge. While keeping your shoulders and back flat on your bed, slowly lift your head up and curl it toward your chest as far as it goes. Hold this position for 10 seconds and be careful not to let your head drop. Relax and return to your initial position very slowly and then repeat 3-4 times. But if you feel dizzy at the end of first rep, just sit up and take a break before repeating it.
- Jaw Release
This is another effective exercise for double chin reduction and to tone the cheek muscles as well. To have chiseled facial features along with the disappearance of that extraneous chin, try this one for sure. Stand or sit in an erect position and then move your jaw with lips closed, just as you would do to chew food. Breathe in deeply through your nose and the slowly exhale while humming. Then open your mouth as wide as possible with your tongue gently pressed against your bottom teeth. Hold this pose for 5 seconds and continue breathing in and out. You would want to repeat this exercise 15 to 20 times for rapid effects.
- Rolling your neck
This one is very popular among us, isn’t it? Rolling your neck was and still is one of the fruitful moves to keep the muscles of your chin, neck and jaw toned, strong and flexible. It also makes you free of stress and brings good sleep. It tightens the skin around your neck and chin and gets you rid of sagging skin. To begin, stand or get seated with your spine straightened. Turn your head to one side so that your chin and shoulder are parallel to each other. Slowly roll your head downward and then upward to the other side. Slowly turn it to your back and complete one rotation. Complete with 10 rotations, first clockwise and then anti-clockwise.
- The O
Most of these listed exercises can be performed anywhere and anytime, if you manage to just sit with your back straight. This one is yet another easy to practise exercise that helps in toning the muscles of your chin, neck, jaw and cheeks. Regular practise would reduce the extra layers and bring back the glow again. Sitting or standing in a relaxed position, keep your lips closed. Open your mouth slightly so that it forms an O shape. Hold this posture while counting to 10. Relax your mouth when you feel the muscles tighten around your chin. Then repeat this exercise 10 times.
- Tongue Press
Sit down on a chair with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Tilt your head backward so that you are facing the ceiling. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Then lower the chin to your chest. Hold the position until you feel your chin and front of the neck contracting. Relax and recoil to the initial position. Repeat the exercise 15 to 20 times.
Stand or sit with a straight back. Hold your jaw using the thumb on one side and the index finger on the other. While keeping your hand firm and still, push your neck and head forward like a pigeon bobs his head. Hold that position while counting to 30 and then come back to the starting position. Repeat it thrice.
- Mouthwash Move
Simplest of all, the mouthwash move is a very efficacious exercise, if you see it that way, to make your double disappear within the least of time. But of course, you have to carry the mouthwash move on a strict and regular basis. This movement uses up your cheek and neck muscles and diminishes the flabbiness it possesses. And the best thing about this exercise is that, you actually get to do this quite a times during your daily routine. That is whenever you wash your mouth. And that I hope is what you do after every meal. As of while not washing your mouth, you can begin this exercise by sitting in a comfortable position. Fill up one of your cheeks with air and transfer it to another, just as you would do in case of using a mouthwash. Continue to do it for a minute and then relax. For best results, repeat this up to 10 times.
Along with these exercise, you would also need to reduce the excess weight by preparing and following a proper diet. You should try improving your sitting posture. Keep your head up, spine erect and body straight. You should drink plenty of water and have more foods with high water content and also, curb your consumption of tea, coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks. To get positive results in less time, follow all these points without fail.