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Top 5 exercises for a double chin

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Having a double chin is quite unsightly.  The common causes for the appearance of double chins are old age and obesity that weaken the skin supporting facial and neck muscle that cause the sagging.  However, with a little effort and consistency, you can get rid of your double chin without turning to surgery and liposuction methods thanks to these simple exercises.

1.  Chin Lift.  A fairly simple exercise that targets the jaw, neck and throat muscles.  Perform this exercise by standing straight tilt head back as far you can with your spine erect and pucker your lips as if reaching for the ceiling.  Focus effort on puckering your lips and you should feel the strain on your neck and jaw muscles.  Be careful not to apply any tension on the muscles above the jaw. Hold the position for 5 seconds, release and repeat for at least 5 to 10 repetitions.

2. Platysma Resistance Training.  The platysma is the muscle that runs down from the jaw and down the neck essential in preventing sagging.  Tone this area by tugging your lips over barred teeth downwards as if trying to frown.  The tension should be felt on the muscles surrounding your neck area.  Hold this position for about five seconds before repeating.  You should do at least 10 repetitions.

3. The Neck Roll.  An exercise that both tones your neck muscles and helps relieve strain and tension on your neck and shoulders.  Standing straight, tilt your head to one side so that the tilted ear is touching the shoulder and, inhaling gently, gently turn the head to the back to reach the other shoulder.  Rotate the head back to its original position afterwards then perform 5 to 10 repetitions.

4.  Chin Tongue Exercise.  This exercise involves using your tongue to pull the chin muscles upward, tightening and toning the muscles found in the double chin area.  It is done by pushing the tongue over the roof of the mouth and holding the position for at least 10 minutes, which can be divided into shorter sessions throughout the day.  While doing the exercise, however, take care not to push against any teeth to prevent loosening them and try to press onto the entire roof of the mouth as much as you can instead of focusing on one area.

5. Chewing.  Chewing can actually be turned into an exercise!   The repeated motion of pushing and pulling of the jaw is helpful in strengthening and toning the jaw and facial muscles.  Just be sure to chew on something that doesn’t contain unwanted calories.  Try chewing on sugar-free gum if you want something that can last longer.

Aside from these exercises, if your double chin is a result of obesity, you should also consider dropping some pounds completely.  All of these exercises should be done regularly.  How soon and how satisfactory the results will be will depend on how properly and how frequently the exercises are done.  It is also recommended to continue these exercises even after achieving desired results as part of keeping away the double chins for good.