It is common knowledge that our bodies are genetically predisposed to becoming a certain height. We are all made up of DNA, or genes, that we receive from our parents at birth. Whether we have green eyes, blue eyes, brown hair, or short legs – it’s all the luck of the draw.
We simply cannot change our genetic material.
This becomes frustrating when it comes to certain factors, such as height. It is impossible to stretch our bones, right?
Anatomically speaking, most growth stops after the onset of puberty, when the growth plates in the long bones in our body get fused. However, for those of you looking for newfangled ways to increase height naturally, it is still possible to add a few inches to your frame even after this stage.
There are a range of different factors (alongside maintaining a proper diet and regular sleep patterns) that can stimulate growth, however methods involving physical fitness has become increasingly popular in recent years.
Aerobics, or simply any cardiovascular activity that combines rhythmic exercise with stretching and strength training routines, is one of the best ways to increase height naturally. Aerobic exercise is any activity that you can sustain for more than just a few minutes while your heart, lungs, and muscles work overtime. The heart begins to pump harder and harder, delivering oxygenated blood to working muscles.
Aerobic exercise can improve all elements of fitness, including flexibility, muscular strength, and cardiovascular fitness. These exercises typically consist of five components – warm-up, cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength and conditioning, cool down, and stretching. We will focus mainly on stretching, muscular strength, and cardiovascular conditioning in terms of increasing height.
But growth via aerobics will take time. It does not happen overnight. Gradually you will begin to see your body fat levels drop, feel your energy levels increase, and eventually, you will achieve that desirable long, lean frame.
Now, there are various types of aerobic exercises that will help you grow taller. Perhaps the most common type of exercise is one where you allow your body to hang, either from a bar or any other type of device that lets gravity run its course. This would fall under the aerobic category of “stretching.” Hanging works against gravity, stretching the spine and decreasing the weight that we place on the vertebrae when standing and even sitting. This weight causes the muscles to contract, and if they remain that way for too long, they will shorten. This has potential to take inches off that desirable height you are trying to achieve.
And we don’t want that, now do we?
Hanging on a bar
Hanging from a bar extends the skeleton, causing tiny painless micro-fractures to occur in your bones. Immediately the body starts working to repair these minor injuries (harmless, like we said) and filling the gaps created by the extension. This new bone mass will take a while to accumulate, but in the end you will see inches being added to your height. For best results, you should hold on to the bar for as long as possible. You can make it harder by adding ankle weights, but it is best to do this only once your body has become a bit more comfortable with the exercise. After strength improves, widen the distance between your hands while holding the bar.
The Cobra Stretch
The next exercise to increase height is called the cobra stretch. This aerobic exercise works by stretching your spine, and is beneficial for growth of cartilage between your vertebrae. This growth results in a gradual increase in vertical height, along with improved posture and flexibility. What you must do for the cobra stretch, is lie on your stomach with palms on the floor underneath your shoulders. Arc your spine slowly and raise your chin so your face is looking upwards toward the sky. Arch your back as far as possible, and hold for a maximum of 30 seconds. Take a rest in between each repetition, and aim for at least 3-4 repetitions per day. You will see dramatic improvements in lower back height and posture almost immediately.
Now lets get into jumping exercises, as these are some of the best cardiovascular aerobic exercises to increase height effectively. During jumping exercises, the spine and calf muscles experience stretching due to the impact of the feet lifting rhythmically off the ground. You can practice jumping exercises in a variety of ways – from jump roping to simply jumping from a squatting position – as the main draw of this exercise is its sheer simplicity. You will notice as you jump that the blood begins to pump harder and harder. This blood is being supplied to the heart and bones, increasing bone density and also stimulating growth hormones in the process.
You can also opt for aerobics in the form of swimming as an effective way to grow taller naturally. There is wet swimming, which is done in the way you would expect, but for those without a pool, there is dry swimming. For this exercise, lie on your stomach with your arms and legs straight on the ground. Now, raise your left hand and left leg diagonally from the body. Hold for 10 second. Repeat the same with your right hang and leg, and do 3-5 repetitions on each side, making sure to rest in between each set. Swimming exercises work to increase height by targeting the torso, upper body, and hips. It could be considered stretching in fluid motions, as it works the same way as stretching to increase height. An added benefit of swimming, however, is the calorie burn, which you will notice when the fat begins to melt off your body.
As we said, increasing height by aerobics will take some time. It’s not magic, and it will take persistence and dedication. But we promise you this – if you put in the effort and practice the stretches and cardiovascular aerobic exercises mentioned above, you will eventually see dramatic results.