Measuring your height seems like a simple task but yet when you have to do it by yourself it is a difficult task to accomplish. It is not only hard to see what you are doing as you measure your height; it is also very probable that you do not measure it accurately. This at times leads to wrong reports or even disappointment at times. It happens often that people think they are a certain height due to measuring it incorrectly and they believe they are taller than you, but because you know your height and have learnt how to measure it accurately you know that they are approximately as tall as you.
As you read this article you will learn the correct way to measure your height. Although you can measure your heightby yourself, we always recommend that you get another person to assist you to make the entire process much faster and essentially more accurate.
Before you go on to learn the correct method to measure your height you must also know a few like when and how frequently you must measure your height.
When must you measure your height?
There is not standardized time to measure a person’s height but we recommend that you do it during the day or at the end of the day. The reasoning behind the same is that when you wake up in the morning and get right out of bead to measure your height, you will notice that you are an inch or more taller. The reason for this increased height is the suspension like nature of the spinal cord, which spreads out and relaxes when you sleep and then when you are in an upright position throughout the day the vertebrae that are stacked fall victim to the force of gravity and compress. Hence your height shortens or rather stabilizes through the day.
While it is not wrong to measure your height in the morning but it is always better to record your baseline height at your shortest. This is because you spend major part of your day at this height and also because this is the height people recognize you by. Another rather technical reason for measuring and always stating your shortest height would be for forms and other legal documents, so that you don’t end up shorter which the time to verify comes if at all you use your morning height to fill those forms.
How frequently should you measure your height?
There is no preset frequency for measuring your height. Most people get their height taken on those annual check-ups with the doctor. In children the frequency of these check-ups is more frequent to monitor health and growth and hence they have a higher frequency of measuring their height.
If you are in your growing stages or are following an exercise and diet regime focused at height gain then we recommend that you measure your height every 3-4 weeks to see growth. Measuring your height too frequently could lead to frustration and unnecessary stress in some because of not noticing any increase in height which happens because the change in height is generally to small to notice. Also measuring too far apart is not advised as then you may not be able to track your grow patters like that of accelerated or decelerated growth.
When so ever you decide to measure your height you should take measurements for three days consecutively and at same time of the day on all three day, because now you know your height changes through the day. The reason behind taking three different measurements across three days is to take the average of those three measurements as your height for better accuracy.
How to measure your height?
Step 1: Collect the items you will need to measure your height.
- A pencil.
- A measuring tape, yardstick or a ruler.
- A small box or anything that resembles one, like a thick book.
- A mirror.
Step 2: Selecting the appropriate place to measure your height.
- Find a place where you can stand straight with your back to the wall.
- Also make sure you can make a small pencil mark on the wall.
- Find a flat open space next to the wall.
- Make sure you are standing on hard floor made from concrete, tiles or hardwood. Also be sure to avoid floors covered in rugs or carpets.
- Try to find a place near a corner or a door to help you to use the measuring instrument you have.
- If you can, then find a place that faces a mirror to eliminate the need for a hand mirror.
Step 3: Get yourself ready to measure your height
- Make sure you take off your shoes and socks and always measure your height when you are barefoot.
- Take off anything you are wearing on your head like a headband, a hat or even a ponytail. Always keep your hair flat.
- Keep your back parallel to the wall and also keep your feet together. Make sure that your heels, shoulders, back and head are all touching the wall. Once you are in this position look straight ahead.
Step 4: Follow these simple instructions to start measuring your height.
- Hold the box or book in one hand and the mirror along with the pencil in the other hand.
- Lift the box to the top of your head and keep it pressed against the wall.
- Use the mirror to make sure the box is parallel to the floor and perpendicular to the wall. Do not tilt the box as it will result in an inaccurate measurement.
Step 5: Mark the position above your head on the wall with a pencil.
- Hold the box in its place and slide from underneath it and then mark the place on the wall at the bottom of the box.
- Try putting your hand below the box as you slide from under it.
- If you can then try to make the mark without sliding out of position.
Step 6: Measure the distance from the floor to the pencil mark with your measuring tape.
- If your measuring tape or ruler is short to measure your full height, measure as high as you can and make a pencil mark on the wall.
- Make note of the measurement on the wall.
- Keep measuring from this mark until you reach the pencil mark you made with the help of the box.
- Add these individual measurements to get your complete height.
If you are trying to gain those precious make sure you follow a proper height gain program which involves information about diet, exercise and lifestyle changes that you would need to incorporate in order to grow taller