Double Chin Exercises – What Causes it?

If you are upset at looking at your double chin in the mirror every day, you might be wondering “Why me?”. While it’s little comfort knowing you’re not alone, once you know the common causes, you can address them with some double chin exercises and simple diet changes to fix the problem.

Let’s attack the elephant in the room first – can a double chin be caused by genetics? The simple answer is… it’s possible. Thing is there isn’t much you can really do to change your genetic makeup. But you can take precautions. If there’s a history of people in your family having a double chin, then there’s a good chance you’ll be prone to the same thing.

That means it’s a good idea not to wait too long before you start being careful with your diet and doing some kind of double chin exercises, because it’s much easier to nip the problem in the bud than waiting until you’ve developed a double chin and then trying to get rid of it.

What About Posture?

One of the biggest factors in getting rid of a double chin is related to your posture and how you hold yourself. You can see the difference when you look at the tabloid favorites, singers and movie stars when they walk down the red carpet. You’ll notice they always have specific poses they’ve perfected for when they are in front of the cameras. That lets them show off their best angles in every picture.

The habit of having bad posture is hard to get out of. All habits are hard to break. But it’s like regularly practicing your double chin exercises, if you are consciously aware of how you are sitting or standing, and start to correct your posture every time you remember to, you can minimize the size and definition of your chin quite well.

Of Course, Weight Is A Factor

While not everyone who struggles with a double chin is overweight, it can be a big factor for many of us. And unfortunately, sometimes your chin seems to be the first place those extra inches start to make their appearance. And it’s not like everyone who’s carrying extra weight has a double chin either. But if you do have a few extra pounds you could get rid of, starting a program of double chin exercises and eating a lower fat, higher protein diet can work wonders for your appearance and your entire well being.

It doesn’t really matter what has caused your double chin, there are ways you can avoid cosmetic surgery if you’re happy to take the simple steps needed to get rid of the problem once and for all.

Question on strengthening VMO by exercises

I’m looking for some exercises that can strengthen my VMO, and I’m hoping you can help me out. I already lift weights,vertical jump training, and it was actually during squats that I noticed I was heavily favoring my left side.

I went to the physical therapist, and had some things assigned…I’ve been doing them, and reduced the *GRIND-CRACKLE-POP* to just a *GRIND-CRACKLE*, but I still can’t bend my leg without pain (or without wrapping it, which I do so I can play ball). Its been over a month, and I’m really not seeing the kind of improvement I’m used to seeing with working out for a month. Am I not seeing the gains because of limited range of motion? Is it really going to take a long time to get the VMO strong again? Can you recommend something a little more strenuous than “side leg lifts” (for lack of a better description) or simple contraction?

Sometimes vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) rehabilitation can be confusing because there is so much debate on what does or does not isolate the muscle. The VMO is a medial stabilizer of the patella, so therefore it competes with the much larger vastus lateralis and IT band, which are lateral stabilizers of the patella. The patella links the lower limb with the upper limb, so dysfunction may be caused from either direction. Over pronation of the foot (flat feet) may cause the knee to internally rotate. Anterior tilting of the pelvis causes the femur bone to rotate inward also, causing the same problem. Both situations cause overload to the gluteus medius and VMO. These muscles become overworked and eventually hyper contract and basically shut down. The IT band and vastus lateralis will then pull the patella laterally, altering the movement of the patella in the groove in the knee called the trochlea. With this in mind, the major goal in rehabilitating the knee should not only focus on the VMO, but the glute medius and proper muscle balance in the hip and foot as well. Sometimes orthotics can help tremendously, but remember that this will not correct the muscle imbalances. Check out my muscle imbalance article serious in the archive section. Correcting muscle imbalances will be the first step to improve your situation. Quick fixes will not keep you healthy in the long run.