Eating all the right things, with all the right ingredients, and avoiding sweets, and tasty stuff is the best way to stay fit. In combination with regular exercise, that is. However, not all of us have the time and means to do that, and as we age, keeping in shape becomes more and more difficult and requires more time and dedication.
These excuses, and any others you want to add to the list don’t matter; you are here, together with both of your chins. And you want to get rid of one of them. That’s a good thing, you should be proud of yourself. Lucky for you, there are simple exercises to achieve this goal, which will take minutes of your day. Here are some of them:
- Warm up the muscles:
Just like before any other workout, you’ll want to warm up your facial muscles. For this purpose, move your lower jaw forward and backward and then side to side. All movements should be performed slowly and smoothly without sudden jerks. Repeat the exercise 8-10 times.
- Tongue press
Tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Press your tongue flat to the roof of your mouth. Then, keeping your tongue against the roof of your mouth, lower your chin to your chest as far as possible without rounding your upper back. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck contract. Then, relax your tongue and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise 10 times, rest a bit, then do another set.
- Touch the nose
Getting rid of double chin means strengthening the hyoid muscles. For this, you need to stick your tongue out as far as possible, as if you are trying to touch your nose with it the tip of your tongue. Repeat the exercise 5 times.
- Pout and tilt
From a sitting or standing position, stick out your lower lip as far as you can to form a pout (place a finger on your chin; the skin should feel wrinkly and puckered). Hold this contraction for one second. Then, with your lip still out, contract the muscles at the front of your neck to lower your chin to your chest as far as possible without rounding your upper back. Pause and hold for another second, then relax your lips and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
Clench your teeth with your mouth closed, and try to stretch the corners of your lips as wide as possible. Now push your tongue against your hard palate, gradually increasing the pressing force. If you feel a strong tension in your chin muscles, then you have performed the exercise correctly. Hold this feeling of tension for 5 seconds, and then relax for 3 seconds. Repeat 5-8 times.