Double chins can show up for a number of reasons, including age, weight gain and a combination of those two factors.
Many of us consider them frustrating to say the least. They can make you look more overweight (and older) than you really are. While plastic surgery is an option, it is invasive and often expensive.
Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate an unsightly double chin without surgery and the post-surgical recovery.
Face and Neck Exercises
These may sound (and look) a little crazy, but they work!
Perform chin lifts in a standing position with your back straight. Start by tilting your head back to lift your chin. Tilt your head back as far as possible. Purse your lips and hold the position for 10 seconds. Lower your head and repeat. Perform 10 reps.
Start this exercise in a sitting position with your back straight. Tilt your head back as in the first exercise. You should be looking straight up. Press your tongue against the roof of your mouth as hard as you can. Lower your head while still pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Lower your head until your chin is pressing into your chest. You should be able to feel the muscles in your chin and neck contracting as the press against each other. Relax your tongue and return to the original position so that you can repeat the exercise. Perform 20 reps.
Lower Lip Pout
Perform this exercise while standing or while sitting. Start by sticking your lower lip out from your face as far as you can. Next, lower your chin as far down to your chest as possible while keeping your upper back straight. Relax your neck and return to the original position. Perform 20 reps.
You will need to sit on the floor to perform this exercise. In the seated position, place one hand on the floor with the palm down. Your hand should be about a foot to the side of your hip. Place your other arm over the top of your head so that its palm rests against the opposite cheek. Bend your head away from the arm that is on the floor towards the opposite shoulder. Use the arm that is over your head to assist the motion. Hold the position for 10 seconds and perform two more reps on that side, then three on the other side.
These are just a few of simple exercises you can do every day to minimize a double chin. For more free exercises, visit our Resources page!
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