How to Firm Up Underneath the Chin After Weight Loss
Reaching your weight-loss goal is a huge accomplishment, but you might feel less likely to celebrate if you're feeling self-conscious about sagginess under your chin. As you work to maintain your new weight, you can also firm up your chin and neck area with facial exercises. These exercises, combined with overall strength training and aerobic exercise, can help you tighten and tone the area around and under your chin.
Keep up your aerobic activity level, even though you've already lost weight. Exercise for at least 150 minutes per week, suggests the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to maintain your new weight by engaging in moderate-intensity exercises such as brisk walking, swimming or bicycle riding.
Perform total-body weight-training exercises two to three times per week, for at least 20 minutes per session, to build and tone the muscles of your body while also benefiting the neck and face.
Tighten and tone the muscles that run along your jawline and underneath your chin with the fish face pose. Pucker your lips as if you're going to give a kiss, and then suck in your cheeks to make your lips look like those of a fish. Hold the pose for a count of 20; release and then repeat for a total of five times daily.
Do head raises to firm up and tone your neck and chin area. Stand or sit in a straight-back chair while looking directly ahead of you. Tilt your head back as far as possible, using your neck muscles to control the movement. Hold the position for a count of five before returning to the starting position. Repeat 10 to 15 times daily.
Firm underneath your chin, jawline and your neck with the baby bird pose. Stand or sit with your back straight and tilt your head up so you're looking at the ceiling. Drop your jaw and then raise it back up to bring your lips together, feeling the stretch in your neck and below your chin. Repeat five times. Tilt your head to the right and repeat the exercise for five more repetitions before tilting your head to the left for a final five repetitions. Do this exercise daily.
Add other facial exercises to these to firm and smooth the areas around your cheeks and forehead. Unlike strength training for your body, facial toning exercises can be performed daily without the need for a day off in-between.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.