Double chins are far from sexy, but unfortunately, they’re a reality for some people. As adults age, skin stretches and loosens, which can leave you feeling less than your best. Sure, most people want to feel attractive, but regardless of whether you’re a dedicated health nut or gym worshipper, there are just certain areas that might frustrate you. If you’re looking to up your selfie game, try these 6 exercises that might help you ditch that double chin for good.
1. Side neck stretch
With this exercise, begin seated on the floor, placing one hand on the floor beside yourself, a foot away from your hip with your fingers down. Gently wrap your opposite arm over your head, resting your palm on the opposite ear. Then, ensuring that your head maintains alignment with your neck, and with the help of your palm, bend your head toward your shoulder. Next, take your fingertips off the floor, place them on your upper arm, just below your shoulder, of that same side, and gently press your shoulder down and away from your head. Hold this position for 10 seconds before returning to the starting position, then repeat on the opposite side.
2. Chew sugar-free gum
Okay, this one isn’t exactly an exercise, but it sure can help in the double chin department. Because you’re aiming for toned facial muscles, it’s essential to give the muscles in your jaw line a workout. One way to do that? Chew gum. You’ll give your mouth constant movement, without consciously having to do anything at all.
This Pigeon move is super easy, and can be done anywhere, at any time. With one hand, place your thumb under the side of your jawbone, just before it turns upward toward your ear, then place your index finger (of the same hand) in the same location on the opposite side. Hold your hand still, and push your head and neck out. Hold for 30 seconds, then release. How many reps you repeat is up to you.
4. Neck roll
The neck roll is a common move that you might already be incorporating into your daily workouts. If not, you might want to start, as this simple technique makes for a great addition to a warm-up or cool-down routine. Begin by dropping your chin down to your chest while standing up. Next, slowly rotate your head to the right, holding for five seconds before returning your head to its previous position, with your chin to your chest. Repeat rotation to the left side, holding again for five seconds.
5. Head lifts
This move puts you in a position that will probably remind you of something you used to do as a kid. Next time you’re in bed, lie on your back with your neck on the edge, allowing your head to hang freely over the side. Using the muscles at the front of your neck, contract to slowly lift and curl your head toward your chest as far as you can, ensuring your shoulders remain flat on the bed. Once you reach your maximum position, hold for 10 seconds before carefully returning to your starting position. Try completing three sets of two reps each, and sit up between sets if you’re prone to dizziness.
6. The kiss
A move you’ve already got practice performing! Tilt your head back while standing, looking up toward the ceiling or sky. Simply pucker your lips, making a kissing face, and hold it for five seconds. Repeat this move 15 times, making sure to return your head to a neutral position between each rep.