Yes, this isn't going to be my typical exciting blog. This one has an actual purpose! lol.
Some of you may have read my blog entitled, SOME POSITIVE RESULTS where I talked about being frustrated with my fat neck. It's been the same size for a long time - don't remember a time when it was smaller than 17 inches - must have been a few years ago. Anyway, I just started wondering if there was anything else I could do beside just lose weight to get rid of the double chin and make my neck thinner. I remembered an article I read a while back that talked about chin - and so I did a search for how to get a thinner neck. I did find a couple of exercises and they are so simple to do. Well, my double chin IS getting smaller - I have no doubt it's from poundage lost also - but I really think the exercises had something to do with it. As for the neck - it finally measures at 16.5 - and no, I didn't just pull the tape measure tighter! lol. And another thing I noticed - when I talk now I can see my neck muscles flexing! Before my neck just looked like a lifeless blob! (And yes, i CAN see myself when I talk cuz I talk to myself in the mirror!) So, even though these pics are totally ugly and unflattering - I am putting them on here because I love all my little Sparkies and it might help someone else the way it helped me!
1 - CHIN STRETCH - tip your head back and push your chin forward as far as it will go, like you are pointing to the ceiling with your chin. You should FEEL the muscles pulling and stretching all along the front of your neck to the tip of your chin. I do these in sets of 10 - somewhere between 3 and 5 times a day. I generally do it in the bathroom. Drink a lot of water, make a pit stop, wash hands, do neck and chin stretches. It works for me. Sometimes I do two sets at once (chin, neck, chin, neck)
Here's that ugly pic of me doing the chin stretch
2 - SIDE TO SIDE NECK STRETCH - This stretch has 3 positions. To the left, straight up (just like the chin stretch) and to the right. While doing this stretch, keep your chin pointed out the whole time (just like chin stretch) and the neck muscles tensed. You should feel stretching from the lower neck, up the side all the way up to your ear. Tip your head and look to the left (looking straight at wall) - don't forget to have a pointed chin! Then slowly rotate your chin upward until you are looking at the ceiling just like chin stretch, then to the right. You'll know you are doing it right if - your eyes follow a big arc - left, up, right, up, left AND you can feel those side neck muscles flexing and stretching. DON'T FORGET TO POINT THE CHIN! That's very important. Left to right to left is a whole stretch, so I only count each stretch when I get back to left. I also do 10 stretches on this one - several times a day. Here's the pics - hopefully it will help you picture it if you were still having trouble.
I know this was little bit of an odd blog, and I apologize for it being so wordy. And to all those scouts out there looking for a writer to describe exercises for their book or site - it's not me! lol. Hope this can help someone!