Exercise and a healthy lifestyle are essential if you want to keep your body toned. When people think of exercise, they most often consider the torso, legs or back. They want to target their muffin top or another problem area. Most people don’t consider exercising above the neck or head, however, which are called chin exercises. These are beneficial if you live an inactive lifestyle or are overweight. A double chin may also appear later on in life as skin starts to gets looser and sag. Try not too worry about its appearance because these exercises are going to reduce its appearance and keep you looking fabulous!
You may first want to start with the chin lift. This exercise tones your chin and jaw. It also tones your neck and throat. Start by standing or sitting with your spine straight as an arrow. Then, slowing tilt your head back, as if you’re looking at the sky. Pucker your lips tightly. It’s important not to engage other facial muscles, such as moving your cheeks or your wrinkling your nose. Hold your lips for a 5 counts and release. Then, repeat this exercise up to 10 times.
The jaw release is another important exercise that stretches facial muscles and tones the chin. Start the exercise by standing or sitting with the spine straight as a board. Take a deep breath inward through the nose; then slowly release it. While doing this, hum a soft tune with your lips closed. When you are breathing in and out, continue moving your jaw. You want to move it in a chewing motion. Next, open your mouth after you exhaled your last breath. Breathe in and out, letting your voice make the ‘ahh’ sound. Gently rest the tip of your tongue on your back on your teeth; this is going to help you relax. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times.
Next, let’s move on to the tongue press. This is among the easiest of the exercises to do. It helps tone the chin and neck, while you are learning to keep your tongue at rest. As always, begin by keeping your back straight. Make sure you relax your shoulders down and tilt your head back so your eyes are to the sky. Then, force your tongue to the roof of your mouth, while trying to keep it there as you lower your chin to your chest. Be careful, however; you do not want to round your upper back. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck come together. Relax your tongue and return your head to the start of the exercise. Then, repeat this exercise 5 to 10 more times.
Head lifts are a more challengeable exercise for those that have more strength in this part of their body. This exercise requires you to lie face up on your bed with your neck on the edge, while your head relaxes off the side. It forces you to contract the muscles at the front of your neck, while slowly lifting and curling your head toward your chest. Make sure to always keep your shoulders flat on the bed. Hold this position for 10 seconds and release. Be careful not to let your head drop. Continue working through another 5 to 10 repetitions, but take breaks. This is one exercise that could cause dizziness.
Another exercise for the chin is called ‘pout and tilt.’ For many, this may make them giggle, but at least you’re toning your muscles either way. Start this exercise in a standing or sitting position. Stick out your lower lip as far as you can to form a pouty face. Then, place a finger on your chin. The skin should feel wrinkled. Hold this position for one second. Then, with your lip still out, move your chin down towards your chest as far as possible. You do not want to curl your upper back. Pause and hold for another second. Then, return to the start position and complete another 5 to 10 repetitions.
Also, you may want to try the lip pull. Start by standing with your spine straight as an arrow. Push your jaw out, while you lift your lower lip as high on your face as you can. Hold this position for ten counts and then release. This should stretch the muscles directly located under your chin. Repeat this exercise another 5 to 10 times.
Furthermore, let’s continue by sticking out your tongue. This is an excellent way to stretch out muscles in your neck and chin. Stick out your tongue as far as it will go, holding it in this position for 10 seconds. Try to do this exercise 5-10 more times. If you can only do this exercise a few times, then try to build up to the repetitions.
Next, sit down on the floor with your legs crossed in front of you. Make sure to keep your back straight. Place your left hand on the floor with your fingers flat, making sure it’s 10 inches from your left hip. Also, do not rest on your fingertips. Make sure to keep your head in alignment with your neck, bending your head toward your shoulder, while using your palm to press your head to your shoulder. Then, taking your hands off the floor, place them on your upper arm. This adds pressure to press the shoulder down so it moves away from your head. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Then, repeat this exercise another 5 to 10 times.
Finally, try the pigeon exercise to exercise your chin and jawbone. Start by placing your thumb on one side of your jawbone. It should be underneath the jawbone and just before it turns upward toward your ear. Then, place the same hand’s index finger in the same location on the opposite side. Make sure you hold your hand still. Start pushing forward against your hand, using your neck and head. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then release. Move your neck back to the starting position. Try to complete at least 5 of this exercises. Over time, work up to 10 exercises.