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5 Exercises for a Defined and Muscular Jawline

 

The first thing people notice about you is your face, so it’s not surprising that as a society we’re preoccupied with wanting to look our best. Research actually shows that attractiveness is very important to humans. Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re often judging people based on their looks.

This might have something to do with evolution. Certain facial traits that look particularly masculine or feminine might be how our ancestors were able to tell if a mate was healthy and fertile. Studies have shown that women tend to prefer men who have a strong, muscular jawline. Just think about Superman and the leading male actors — from Christopher Reeve to Henry Cavill — who have played the comic book hero.

To improve overall appearance, diet and exercise to encourage fat loss is ideal. These done in combination with the above exercises will have your jawline looking better than ever.
Dr. Schreiber

As men and women age, the shape of their face goes through changes. Your jawline may become less defined if there is extra fat in the neck and jaw area, or if the muscles have begun to shrink. While you can’t totally fight aging or genetics, there are some things you can to do to improve the look of your jawline. Exercising the jaw muscles helps build them up and give your jaw a more defined look.

To find exercises that work, we consulted two experts. Dr. Scott Michael Schreiber is a chiropractic physician who is double board-certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition. Cristina Osorio is a TruFusion yoga instructor.

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How they help

How the exercises help your jawline

According to Dr. Schreiber, the front neck muscles are often underdeveloped, inhibited, and almost never exercised in a gym or therapy setting. “They can be a major cause of a droopy neck and a hidden cause of headaches, and 1. Neck curlup

Think of this as an abdominal curl for your neck. It’s done lying on your back with the tongue pressed on the roof of the mouth. This activates the front neck muscles.

Neck Curlup
  1. Bring your chin to your chest and then lift your head off of the ground about 2 inches. Don’t lift your stomach and don’t poke your chin out.
  2. Start by doing 3 sets for 10 repetitions and gradually build up to more.
  3. Take your time because these muscles are often underdeveloped and can cause neck strain if you try too much too fast.

Neck curlup

2. Collar bone backup

This can be done seated, standing, or lying down on your back.

Collarbone backup
  1. Keeping your head level with the floor, bring your head back several inches to feel muscles on either side of your throat contract and relax.
  2. Start with 3 sets of 10 repetitions at first, and then progress to holding the position for more than 30 seconds.
  3. Make sure that your ears stay over your shoulders and your head stays level.
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Collar bone backup

3. Tongue twister

This exercise will target the muscles underneath the chin.

Tongue twister
  1. Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth directly behind your teeth.
  2. Press your tongue to completely close the roof of your mouth and add tension.
  3. Begin humming and making a vibrating sound. This will activate the muscles.
  4. Complete 3 sets of 15.

Tongue twister

4. Vowel sounds

These movements target the muscles around the mouth and on the sides of the lips.

Vowel Sounds
  1. Open your mouth wide then say “O,” followed by “E.”
  2. Be sure to exaggerate these sounds and movements and not show or touch your teeth.
  3. Perform 3 sets of 15.
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Vowel sounds

5. Chinup

This exercise helps lift the face and chin muscles.

Chinup
  1. With your mouth closed, push your lower jaw out and lift your lower lip.
  2. You should feel a stretch build just under the chin and in the jawline.
  3. Hold the position for 10-15 seconds, then relax.
  4. Perform 3 sets of 15.
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Chinup

Other things you can do

Eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise goes a long way toward keeping you looking younger. If you feel that extra weight gain is contributing to the change in shape around your jawline, making lifestyle changes can help.

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Other things you can do

Takeaway

While facial exercises can be very helpful in maintaining the neck and facial muscles and keeping the jawline sharper, they aren’t a fix-all.

In order to look and feel healthy, you’ll also need to practice good eating habits and exercise regularly.

Rena
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