One of the things people want most, after an endless supply of money, is to grow taller. There’s no denying that a good height is an asset in itself: enter a crowded room and your gaze naturally falls on the person who is the tallest. And what to speak of the various length to which people go to increase their height! Pills, exercises, stretches, everything is tried, but something deceptively simple is ignored – running. Running and growing taller? Yes, it sounds like an absurd idea. But the truth is, there’s a lot of common sense and science behind this. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why running can promote increase in height.
The magic of micro-fractures and repair
The sound of it may make you feel squeamish, but micro-fractures and their repair is the secret weapon of growth in human body. First, let’s understand this from the example of bodybuilding. Just how exactly do bodybuilders manage to have such huge muscles everywhere on their body? It’s the cycle of breakdown and repair at work – a bodybuilder deliberately puts more weight on specific parts of the body than they can sustain. As a result, the tissues and muscles in those areas literally tear apart and break down. The pain that you experience after an intense workout session is nothing but this breakdown. Then, the bodybuilder increases his diet and takes plenty of rest. All in all, this causes the body to think that now it needs to perform activities for which it doesn’t have enough strength. The body responds by manufacturing more tissues in those body areas, besides making the existing ones thicker. These tissues are what you see as the bulging muscles and ripped back of a bodybuilder!
So far so good, but what does it have to do with running? Running causes a similar types of breakdown in the bones. As you sprint, you add pressure to critical joints in the body, causing micro-fractures to take place (don’t worry, this doesn’t damage your body; it’s just a natural growth process!). If the right diet and sleep then follow, the these micro-fractures are quickly repaired. And here’s the trick – the repair causes extra bone material to be generated in that tiny, tiny gap. And as a result, you’ve grown taller!
Running stimulates the growth hormone
Running stimulates the production of growth hormone in the body, which, well, it’s easy to guess, helps growth. This growth shows up both in terms of cell growth and repair, as well as tissue growth. Combined, this results in increased height in an individual. In fact, when it comes to height gain, the growth hormone is the single most important factor. For the right height, the hormone must be released in the required quantity in the growing years.
So what’s this growth hormone thing we’ve been hyping up? Let’s take a small detour and dive into a bit of science (don’t worry, it won’t hurt!).
What is the growth hormone?
To be scientifically precise, the growth hormone (GH) is a 191-amino acid, single-chain polypeptide produced by the human body. If that was a mouthful, don’t worry. All that concerns us is that the growth hormone is produced in the pituitary gland.
So what’s special about GH? Well, it’s responsible for the most important function in the human body – growth! It helps cells in our body reproduce, it enables damaged cells to regenerate, and as such, is the most important hormone in growing up and staying alive. And of course (you guessed it!), it has a direct relation to the height of an individual. Those who are shorter in height are suffering from an under-stimulation of this hormone. But that does not mean the growth hormone is good no matter how much it is produced in the body – too much stimulation of this hormone results in people taller than seven feet or more, and creates difficulties in living a normal life!
Keep running for a taller you!
We’re not making an empty promise that running will add 2-3 inches to your height every month! Far from it. The point is that running is highly beneficial to growth, and there’s a strong correlation between running and height gain. This is an exercise you should definitely add to your arsenal!
But do make sure to take plenty of sleep and improve your diet. The body can’t grow itself if it’s not properly rested and doesn’t have sufficient nutrition! 7-8 hours (maximum) of sleep is recommended, and you should follow a balanced diet chart.