Whenever you look in the mirror, you often notice your collar bone looking prominent – giving you an appearance of being skinny.
Is there a way to completely hide that collar bone so you wouldn’t look famished or underweight?
Read on and find out if that’s possible!
To state the obvious, your collar bone (or clavicle) is a bone, so there’s no way to make it magically disappear – it will always be there whether you like it or not.
There are, however, practical steps you can take to make it look less pronounced.
If you are on the skinny side, your collar bone will, most likely, appear more prominent.
If you are serious in hiding your collar bone, we have 5 tips to help you achieve just that.
What are the Functions of the Collar Bone?
The collar bone, also called the clavicle, is a long, curved bone located on the upper part of your shoulder.
It connects the scapula with the sternum, and keeps your scapula in place – this allows your arm to hang freely.
Your collar bone also acts as an anchoring point for different muscles that allow you to swing your arms.
What Can You Do to Make Your Collar Bone Look Less Defined?
Not to discourage you, but there are no muscles that directly overlay the collar bone – which means that it can’t be totally covered by muscle.
Unless you are willing to wear turtlenecks every single day, your collar bone will almost always have a pronounced look.
You can, however, reduce its appearance by following these 5 steps:
#1 Eat More to Gain Weight.
Exomorphic people (skinny people who have trouble gaining fat and muscle) are more likely to have prominent clavicles.
This is because their body has less fat and does not store much of it in their chest area.
If you are on the skinny side, increasing your caloric intake can help you gain weight and lessen the prominence of your collar bone.
To gain weight, however, that doesn’t mean just going on a non-stop eating spree.
Make sure to increase your intake of foods that are rich in:
- Carbohydrates – Your body needs carbohydrates for energy. Carbs also help transport nutrients to your muscle cells, making them necessary for muscle growth and repair. Some good sources of carbohydrates are oats, bananas, pasta, corn, and potatoes. You may also consider taking a mass gainer, since these are typically loaded with massive amounts of carbs, along with other mass-building nutrients.
- Protein – Protein is needed for stimulating muscle growth. Increasing your protein intake makes it easier for you to build strong muscles, allowing you to get the most out of your workouts. Increase your consumption of lean meats, poultry, seafood, or dairy products. Drinking a protein shake every day can also help your body meet its high protein requirements while you exercise.
- Healthy fats – Whenever you hear the word “fat”, you usually think of it as a negative thing. Your body, however, needs fat to function at its best. It also relies on fat to supply energy to your muscles during exercise. Some fat-rich foods to consider loading up on are nuts, seeds, and fatty fish, such as herring, sardines, trout, and salmon.
#2 Train Your Chest Muscles
One way to lessen the prominent look of your collar bone is to pack on more mass to your chest.
Even though it won’t completely disappear, increased muscle mass on your chest can make your collar bone look less visible.
Some popular chest exercises you can do are:
- Incline bench presses
- Dumbbell flys
Regularly doing these exercises can help your chest muscles to gradually expand, which will make your clavicle look less pronounced.
#3 Build Your Shoulder Muscles
Increasing the size of your shoulder muscles can also help lessen the appearance of your collar bone. Here are some exercises that you can do to increase shoulder mass:
- Overhead shoulder presses
- Front raises
- Dumbbell lateral raises
- Standing barbell shrugs
- Lateral raises
#4 Practice Good Posture
The way you sit and stand can also affect how pronounced your collar bone looks.
Whenever you are in a hunched-over position, your collar bone appears more exposed.
Sitting upright stretches your pectoral muscles and helps hide your collar bone at the same time.
#5 Accept That It Will Always Be There
If you are having a tough time making your collar bone look invisible no matter what you do, there’s no need to feel bad about yourself.
There is nothing wrong with having a visible collar bone.
Most of the time, collar bones look prominent on just about anyone.
Give yourself a break and make a note that people don’t really pay much attention to how your collar bone looks.
Gain weight and build muscle to improve the overall aesthetics of your physique. 😊