By Alan Philipson
Have all your selfies sprouted second chins lately? Thankfully, neck and chin toning can be achieved without painful surgery -- all it takes is adding the CerviFit and a few targeted exercises to your workout. Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity, causing it to sag around the neck and chin, a process that begins around age 20, according to Dr. Suzan Obagi, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Factors like sun exposure, smoking and poor diet can intensify the process. Two main muscles -- the sternocleidomastoid and platysma -- make up your neck, and toning them can help pull the overlaying skin tighter for a younger, healthier look. To achieve this result using the CeviFit Neck Strengthening System, follow these simple steps:
EXERCISE 1: Neck Sit-Ups
Place your CerviFit on including the appropriate amount of weight to accommodate 10-20 repetitions. Lying flat on your back, with the shoulders down and supported, tilt your head back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Pressing your tongue flat to the roof of your mouth, raise your chin to your chest as far as possible without rounding your upper back. You should feel your chin and the front of your neck contract. Then relax your tongue and straighten your neck to return to the starting position. That’s one rep. Complete two sets of 20 reps each.
Position 1 (Head Back Resting)
Position 2 (Head Up Flexion)
EXERCISE 2: CHIN ROTATIONS
Placing your CerviFit on and beginning from a neutral position (looking straight up), leading with your chin, slowly, gently and in a controlled manner, lift and rotate your head 90°to the left coming back to center each time then 90° to the right. Make sure to keep your shoulders down and back throughout the movement. Complete 10-20 repetitions per side for 2-3 sets.
Position 1 (Chin Rotation 1)
Position 2 (Chin Rotation 2)
If you are new to neck exercising, treat it like you would any other exercise. Use light weight that you feel comfortable with and work on form and speed.
Remember the old body building rule of thumb, more reps, less weight is used for toning while heavier weight and less reps are used for bulking up.