If you are trying to lose weight and get fit, you may have noticed that double chin in the mirror. But before you go looking at chin lifts and major surgery, why not check out these quick exercises?
There is no magic bullet here. Under the chin is a natural place for your body to store excess fat, just like on other parts of your body. So, to do these, you also need to be treating the rest of your body well.
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Do these exercises while following a good diet, and this way, hopefully you prevent that sagging skin look that you get when you diet only and don't do any exercise. Both go hand in hand.
The good news about these, is that they can be done anywhere, you don't need to join a gym and you don't need any special equipment, you just have to get into the habit of doing them.
The added benefit to these, is that they will also help with your posture, which can make your chin look less double as you stand up straight and taller. Slumping and slouching makes a chin look worse.
Lets get started!
1. This first one is easy. Stand like normal, but trying not to slouch. Tilt your head to your chest, and then slowly raise it and tilt your head back as far as you can, keeping your mouth closed. Do not go so far as to strain or get dizzy and fall over, just at a comfortable spot, but enough that you feel your neck muscles stretch.
Do this for about 10 seconds or count to 10 which ever is easier. Then bring your head back to normal. This is a great exercise to do, if you have been slumped over the computer or desk all day. Do this a couple times a day, maybe get into the habit of doing it while you are waiting for the copier at work, or something to print, or anytime you are waiting for something. If you get into the habit, then chances are you will do this. It actually makes your neck feel good. Almost like that first stretch in the morning does. These make you feel good all over.
2. If you like that one, then you are going to love this one. But maybe don't do this one in public!
Stand normally (again don't slouch) looking straight ahead. Open your mouth wide and put your tongue out as far as it will go for about 10 seconds then go back to normal. This feels like a good stretch to, but maybe do this one when no one is looking it could be taken the wrong way!
3. Finally while sitting, tilt your head back as far as you can go comfortably, now open and close you mouth a good few times, and you should feel the muscle stretch each time.
There are many more, but the above three do the trick quite well. The beauty of these exercises is, that you can be doing these in a lineup or while talking on the phone to a boring client, or waiting for all your emails to load. Just use those few minutes to do these double chin exercises.
If you are following a sensible diet and exercising the rest of your body too, you should notice less and less of a saggy chin. Try these before resorting to drastic measures. Your neck will feel stronger and you will hold you head better, and if you can strengthen your posture your double chin will fade away. Just don't strain, begin gently and do these to a comfortable spot and the double chin exercises will help.