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Exercise to Get Rid of Jowls

author image Jen Morel
Jen Morel has worked in the newspaper industry since 2007. An experienced backpacker, she is a contributor to "AMC Outdoors" and other hiking/environmental magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive science and philosophy.
Exercise to Get Rid of Jowls
Maintaining a tight smile while flexing your neck muscles helps prevent sagging jowls. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Specific problems with a body region require specialized exercises. Facial exercises combat wrinkles and sagging jowls, or the loose skin of the lower cheeks and jaw, by improving your facial muscles and tightening the skin. Rather than concentrating only on the jowls, practice exercises that challenge each region of your face to ensure even results. Keep a consistent exercise regimen; visible improvement may take months.

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Specific exercises for jowls will work if performed in conjunction with a workout for your whole body. Spot-reducing trouble areas unfortunately is not possible; but if you perform at least 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderately-intense aerobic exercise, along with two days a week of strength training and eating a healthy diet -- you will be able to see the results of your spot-specific exercises once you have lost excess weight.


The chewing motion is an exercise suited to sagging jowls. Tilt your head up slightly with your lips almost touching and perform a set of 20 chewing motions each day to help tighten your jowls and eliminate a double chin. Each chewing motion takes approximately 1 second and is the same motion you'd use to chew food or gum.


Draw your face into a pout while using your fingers to pull down the corners of your mouth. Hold it for five seconds and repeat the exercise 10 times, twice a day. Performing this exercise while lying down improves its efficacy.


Exercising the muscles involved in smiling helps tone sagging jowls. Grin as widely as possible with your teeth showing, and hold it while tilting your head back and forth. Switch the grin for a frown and repeat the exercise. Alternatively, close your lips in a tight smile and clench the muscles of your neck, holding the position for a minute. Flex your neck muscles during this exercise if you prefer.

A third exercise entails placing your bottom lip over your top lip, tilting your head and holding a frozen smile until it becomes uncomfortable. Repeat each of these exercises a few times daily.

Other Options

Other exercises geared toward tightening the jowls involve moving your lips, cheek muscles and jaws. You have more than 50 muscles in your face, so options abound for exercising these muscles. Start exercising before your jowls begin to sag to help prevent the problem from occurring. Choosing these natural exercises over other methods such as cosmetic surgery avoids associated problems such as nerve damage and saves money, too.

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