by Lorrayne Sousa
Forget liposuction, face-lifts, neck-lifts, Kybella injections, or coolsculpting. Get rid of that double chin the REAL non-invasive way.
No fillers, no needles; just you and some stretches.
Now before getting into details, I want to make it clear that in many cases, double chins are not caused by being overweight.
Let’s get scientific: It is when a layer of fat around your neck sags. When this happens it causes a wrinkle which gives the illusion of a double chin. It has nothing to do with your chin but everything to do with your neck.
You may be genetically predisposed to having a double chin which means that you have a family history of skin with little elasticity. Also as we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity and so the skin around our neck can no longer hold the fat around it properly.
However, not all double chins require invasive measures to get rid of them. As we get older not only does the skin loses elasticity, but we begin to lose muscle tone. This is why it is ideal to begin neck exercises and stretches as a preventative measure. Try these exercises out as you continue reading these tips – that’s how easy they are.
Exercise #1: Whistle Towards the Sky
Look up toward the sky and whistle. Yep – that easy. You should feel the muscles on the side of your neck contract while you do this.
Exercise #2: Chin Rotations
For this exercise sit straight, elongating your spine. Slowly rotate your head from one shoulder to your chest, to your other shoulder, looking up with your head tilted back and then back to the starting position.
Exercise #3: Side Neck Stretches
You may have seen this stretch done at the gym. Start by wrapping your arm over your head until your hand covers your opposite ear. Using the palm against your ear, gently press down your head towards your shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side.
Exercise #3: Pucker Up Buttercup
All the kissy-face selfies you took when you were younger could possibly have paid off! Pout your lips like you are going to kiss and rotate your head looking up and then down pressing against the chest.
Exercise #4: Stress Balls
You know those soft stress balls many people keep at their desk? Place one of those under your chin and slowly press down on it towards your chest and release.
Exercise #5: Touch Your Nose
You’ve probably tried doing this at least once as a child. Try touching your nose with your tongue. It is a very beneficial stretch because it helps extend the chin muscles.
Do three sets of ten of each exercise and stretch. These exercises can easily be done at your desk, in bed, while eating lunch, or during your warm-up before working out. We are constantly reminded of the importance of working out. And although working out is important, you will probably not find a trainer that will show you how to strengthen your neck muscles.
The neck has been neglected by the beauty industry until most recently and it still doesn’t really have a place in the fitness world. By taking preventative measures and adding these simple exercises and stretches to your routine you will be ahead of the game and the desire for surgery or injections to get rid of your double chin will hopefully be gone.