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How to Work Jaw Muscles

John McKinney    |
John McKinney

The first thing people can notice from us is our face, so it's not surprising that as a society, we're conscious about wanting to look our best. We've searched for exercises to work jaw muscles.

Do you agree with the studies showing that women prefer men with a robust and muscular jawline? 

As we get older, the shape of our changes. The jawline may become less defined because of extra fat around the neck and jaw area or due to the muscles beginning to shrink.

While we can't fight to age, there are things we can do to improve the look of our jawline. Exercising the jaw muscles build them up and give a more defined look.

Masseter Muscle  

Jaw muscle

The masseter muscle is our primary chewing muscle. Therefore it's likewise the muscle that clenches your jaw and grinds your teeth, regrettably, and it's one of the most typical locations for trigger points in the body.

The masseter muscle is a facial muscle that plays a significant role in the chewing of solid foods. The muscle shape is similar to a parallelogram, connecting to the mandible (lower jawbone) and the cheekbone.

It is an accomplice in a lot of cases of bruxism or teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint syndrome (jaw joint pain), and other unusual painful issues in the location.

Five Exercises to Define Your Jawline

Face exercises give your face a defined look and prevent neck pain, headaches, and jaw pain.

It improves facial appearance with more considerable bulk. It will result in a rejuvenated facial appearance similar to a nonsurgical facelift. It also helps relieve TMJ symptoms, gives stronger neck muscles, and better jaw function.

1. Collarbone exercise

You can do this exercise while standing up, lying on your back, and sitting. You can sit down with your knee, brought up to your chest. Hold your knees, and start the exercise by bringing your head back several inches and bringing it back to its original position.  

You will feel the muscles of your throat begin to relax and contract. Finish three sets of 10 repetitions and progress further by holding the position for 30 seconds.

2. Lip pull

You can perform this while you are seated or standing. Lift your chin and neck muscles. Keep your head in the normal position. Lift your lower lip by pushing the lower jaw out. The stretch and tension build-up is in the chin muscles and jawline. Keep this posture for 10 to 15 seconds and relax. Continue the exercise for 10-15 minutes.

3. Neck curl-up

An activity that helps remove the fat around your chin. Start by lying down on your back while keeping your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Make sure to lift your chin towards your chest without moving your torso. Perform three sets for ten repetitions. 

Perform this exercise and increase your sets when you're comfortable. The front neck muscles are often underdeveloped, so don't push or force yourself initially. 

4. Tongue twister

This exercise focuses on extra fat hanging off your chin. Start by pressing your tongue on the roof of your mouth, where it's positioned right behind your teeth. Add pressure then start humming; this will make your muscles strain. Perform three sets where you repeat the exercise 15 times. 

5. Make vowel sounds

jaw muscle make a vowel sound with mouth

This targets the muscles around your mouth and the sides of your lips. Open your mouth and make an 'O' and 'E.' You will notice the muscles around your mouth tense up. Make sure to exaggerate the vowels with your mouth to tighten the muscles without touching your teeth. Complete three sets of 15 repetitions each.

Trying to smile while making a fish face is another thing you can do to exercise the muscles around your mouth. It will tone your muscles and gradually give your lift your face. Hold the position for ten seconds or longer. 

Other things you can do

You can also practice these tips to reduce excess facial fat.

  1. Practice cardio exercise. 
  2. Reduce alcohol consumption. 
  3. Drink more water. 
  4. Get more sleep.
  5. Reduce salt and sugar intake.
  6. Smile more 🙂

I think the last one won't just make you look good but definitely make you feel better.

Another fun activity you can do to provide the desired definition along with these exercises is chewing gum. It is a fun way to exercise your jaw muscles. It takes no effort while keeping the activity light.

Good Eating habits

Eat a healthy balanced diet along with performing exercises and getting enough benefits your body as well as your face. 

Take away

These five exercises target the muscles in and around your mouth and neck to give a defined and structured feature to your face. 

To look and feel healthy, you need to maintain good eating habits and exercise regularly.

Making little changes in your lifestyle contributes to toning your body, and it's overall health, making you look younger and sharper.

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