Two Exercises to Get Rid of Your Double Chin
A double chin can make you look unattractive and fat. It makes you look older and it is one of the ugliest features that can so easily be overcome. A double chin often appears when the head is carried too far forward, or when you are overweight and have lost the muscle tone in the front muscles of the neck. No need to go under the knife with cosmetic surgery which will only stretch your skin and eventually make your face look like a death mask. Just as you do sit-ups to get rid of an over-sized belly and develop a six-pack, so can you practice the Head Lifts exercise to tone neck muscles and completely eradicate an unsightly double chin. But first, where does a double chin come from in the first place?
Where Does a Double Chin Come from?
What has happens in the body for a double chin to grow? The reason may be genetic, related to age, wrong head carriage or excess weight and fat on the body.
Your double chin may be inherited from your parents or grandparents like the color of your hair, the size of your body, character traits, and many other hereditary factors. Genetically inherited characteristics are often brushed aside because people think they can do nothing about them. With a double chin however, there are plenty of exercises and life style,dietary and postural changes that you can make to get rid of the ugly condition.
Needless to say that if you are overweight there is more chance of a double chin growing to deface your youthful features than if you keep your weight to a healthy size. The more fat you carry on the body the more chance of developing a double chin. Eating real living food and reducing meat and dairy products from the diet will soon help you lose all that extra weight and, with some appropriate toning exercises your double chin will soon disappear. Underneath, once it is gone, you will discover a beautiful jawline. One of the major attributes for good looks is a clean, well defined jawline.
It is true that older people are more prone to having a double chin simply because over many years, gravity takes its toll and the skin and muscle tissue begin to sag. Once you notice this happening, half the battle is won. Not all old people have a double chin. Those with fit faces don’t. You too can take counter measures with specific exercises as shown below and gravity inversion to get rid of a double chin.
Do you Have a Double Chin?
What Are you Doing About it?
Over-curvature of the Neck
A very obvious cause for having a double chin is when the head is not carried properly above the spine. Look at the illustration below and see for yourself how carrying the head in front of the body inevitably creates a double chin. When the head is carried too far forward a double chin will grow to fill up the space between the neck and chin. When this happens, the chin is protruding forward and the back of he neck becomes over-curved, giving people the appearance of having a short neck, when in fact there is no such thing as a short neck. We all have seven cervical vertebrae. A short neck is just an over-curved neck.
Over-curved and Normal Neck
How to Correct a "Short" Neck
As soon as you learn to carry the head in its rightful place, held back between the shoulders with the chin down, there will no longer be a need for a double chin. As an extra bonus of re-aligning the head your neck will grow longer and taller, the head will be better balanced, and consequently, much stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulder area, even head aches, will vanish. Why? It stands to reason: when the head is better balanced you need less muscle action to keep it in place. Less muscle action is less stress, less tension and less pain from muscles that are doing overtime, cramping up and giving you all that pain and discomfort + double chin! So working on getting your head back to its natural upright place is the first thing to consider and can be achieved by doing the following "Yes", "No", and "Maybe" exercise on a daily basis.
Yes, No, Maybe?
Head Lifts on the Floor
Now that you know why you have a double chin and what to do about it, follow the Head Lifts exercise in the video below to strengthen the neck muscles so that they will be able to hold your head in the correct balanced place at all times. But wait, firstly learn how to lie flat on the floor comfortably.
Caution when Lying on the Floor
CAUTION: With an overdose of Western comfort many of us have lost the simple ability to comfortably lie down on the floor in a supine position (on your back). How come? A life of constant sitting and not moving much plus the constant downward pressure of gravity results in an over-curvature of the spine and neck. When that happens, you are no longer able to lie down on your back on the floor comfortably.
If your neck and back-of-the waist area are uncomfortable when you are lying on the floor, use appropriate supports as sown in the next picture to reduce the over-curvatures of the spine. The back of your neck should be relaxed and as elongated as possible. Your head should rest comfortably with the face parallel to the ceiling, without having to bend your neck back. So keep the chin down.
Supine Lying Down Position
Head Lifts on the Floor
A double chin is not just fat. A double chin is mainly caused by the slacking of muscles at the front of the neck. So even for those of you who are a little on the plump side, toning the neck muscles with the chin-ups exercise shown in the video will soon reduce the size of your double chin simply on a localized level. Now let's get started.
1. Lie flat on the floor, on your back , pull up your knees and rest your hands by your sides.
2. Now focus your attention on your neck. Keep your chin down. When you feel comfortable, take a deep in-breath through the nose.
3. Slowly lift your head off the floor while breathing out through the mouth, and hold it in mid-air. Feels heavy what?
4. When you can no longer hold your head off the floor, gently put yourit down and have a rest.
5 .Now slowly roll the head on the floor as if to say: "no,no..." to fully relax the neck.
6. Do a second Chin-Up, but this time lift your head a little higher as far up as you can while aiming the tip of your chin towards your breast bone, and hold it there for as long as possible without causing too much strain on the neck.
7. Again gently put your head down on the floor and slowly move your neck loose to relax it.
8. Repeat the Chin-Up four or five times only in the beginning. Later, as you get stronger, do as many as you can manage without too much strain on your neck.
9. To finish the Chin-Ups exercise, come up to sitting or standing and release all tension in the neck by doing slow neck rolls.
How Often and for How Long?
Do the Head Lift exercise once a day, increasing the repetitions up to ten times as you get stronger. In about two weeks you should get visible results in as little as two weeks.
Everyone wants to get rid of a double chin but keen beginners tend to overdo it.
You must be patient to achieve results. Remember my motto: "No Pain, Just Gain". Chin-Ups are strenuous on the neck so do them slowly, and don't do too many until you feel strong enough.
Important: Fully rest your head and neck on the floor after each repetition, and don't forget to breathe.
That's all, keep practicing, good luck with your Head Lift exercise and let us know in a comment how you are getting on.