Say goodbye to your chubby cheeks that your parents might've adored but you want to see gone. There are several exercises that can give your face the definition you seek.
It can be frustrating to have face fat or what others call chubby cheeks. The first place for fat to accumulate is in your face which further shows up in other places in your body. People notice your face first before any other feature in your body, so it's not surprising that you would want to have a chiseled face and defined features.
The structure of your face changes as you grow older. It's a natural process that eventually leads to fat accumulating in your face. However, there are simple exercises you can perform at home to give your face the definition you crave. Face exercises don't just give your face a defined look but also prevent neck pain, headaches, and jaw pain. Follow these simple exercises to get that perfect jawline:
You might feel frustrated about the extra fat hanging off your chin, however, this exercise is designed to target those muscles. Press your tongue on the roof of your mouth where it's positioned right behind your teeth. Add pressure and begin humming, which will cause your muscles to strain. Complete three sets where you perform the exercise 15 times.
This exercise specifically targets the muscles around your mouth and the sides of your lips. Open your mouth and create an 'O' and 'E'. You will start to notice the muscles around your mouth tense up. Exaggerate the vowels with your mouth to tighten the muscles without touching your teeth. Complete three sets of 15 reps each.
Neck curl-ups focus on removing the fat around your chin. Lie down on your back for this exercise and keep your tongue pressed to the roof of your mouth. Lift your chin towards your chest without moving your torso. Perform three sets for 10 repetitions and gradually pick up the pace. Your front neck muscles are often underdeveloped, so don't push or force yourself initially. Slowly perform the exercise and increase your sets when you're comfortable.
This exercise can be performed when you're lying on your back, sitting or standing up. Sit down with your knee brought up to your chest. Hold your knees for support and start the exercise by bringing your head back several inches and bringing it back to its original position. You will begin to feel the muscles of your throat relax and contract. Perform three sets of 10 repetitions and progress further by holding the position for 30 seconds.
Lift up your chin and neck muscles with this move. You may remain seated or standing. Keep your head in the normal position. Lift your lower lip up as much as possible by pushing the lower jaw out. You will feel the stretch and tension build up in the chin muscles and jawline. Stay in this posture for 10 to 15 seconds and relax, and continue the exercise for 10-15 minutes.
These five exercises are meant to target the muscles in and around your mouth and neck to give a defined and structured feature to your face, however, there are other fun things you can do to give the desired definition along with these exercises. Chewing gum is actually a fun way to exercise your jaw muscles as it takes zero effort while keeping the activity fun and light.
Making a fish face and trying to smile, as ridiculous as it may sound, exercises the muscles around your mouth. This will tone your muscles and eventually give your face a lift. You can progress further by holding the position for ten seconds or longer. Eating a healthy balanced diet along with performing exercises and getting adequate sleep goes a long way in maintaining your body as well as your face. Making small changes in your lifestyle contributes to toning your body and it's overall health, making you look younger and sharper.
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