Height plays an important role in enhancing the persona of an individual. No doubt, people are always desperate to increase their height in any way possible. Nowadays, a number of medicines and acupressure treatments are available which claim height gain. But, these are quite expensive and have associated side effects. Moreover, there is no 100% guarantee of success for these methods.
Exercises To Gain Height:
Though it is a well-known fact that the vertical body height is determined by genetic factors, it can be even influenced to an extent by physical factors like diet and exercise. Mostly, growth stops after the onset of puberty when the growth plates in the long bones in our body get fused. However, growth still continues for some people even at the age of 22-25 and so, it is possible to add a few inches to your height even after this stage by resorting to exercise to increase height.
These exercises should be adopted and practiced regularly 2-3 times a week for best results. Over exercising should be avoided as it can cause injury and will hamper the recovering capacity of the body.
1. Bar Hanging:
Gravity adversely affects your height by compressing your spines and joints, which squeezes and thins the cartilage, giving you a shorter appearance. Hanging on a vertical bar is a simple way to combat this problem. Hanging makes the lower torso’s weight stretch the spine and decreases the pull on the vertebras. This results in increasing the height by 1 to 2 inches, but not instantly.
A horizontal bar for this should be placed at such a height that it allows the body to extend with room to move. If your body cannot fully extend, then bend your knees slightly in order to hang freely. Ensure that while grasping the bar, your palms are facing outwards. While hanging keep your arms, shoulders and hips as relaxed as possible, so that the gravity effectively pulls the body further. For additional benefits, you can try wearing ankle weights. This process should last for 20 seconds with a gap in between and should be repeated at least 3 times. This can most certainly be considered a good choice among the height increasing exercises.
2. Dry Land Swim:
Start off by laying down flat on your stomach. Your body should be fully extended. Place your arms straight in front of you with your palms facing down towards the floor. Then raise your left arm higher than your right arm. Keeping your legs straight, lift your right leg as far off the ground as you can into the air. Remain in this position for at least 4 seconds and then repeat the procedure with your other leg and other hand. You should aim to hold the position for 20 seconds. Adding wrist and ankle weights will be more beneficial as it will tone your lower back muscles and increase your resistance.
3. Pelvic Shift:
You can start off by lying on your back. Place your shoulders and arms firmly on the floor. Now bend your knees and draw your feet as close to your buttocks as you can. Arch your back to thrust your pelvis upwards. This position should be held for 20 to 30 seconds. This exercise enables you to stretch more giving flexibility to your front hips.
4. Cobra Stretch:
This yoga exercise is intended to stretch your spine, thus making it supple and flexible. It is beneficial for the growth of the cartilage between your vertebrae, causing an increase in your vertical height. Lie on the floor with your face down and palms on the floor under your shoulders. Arch your spine up leading your chin also to form an elevated angle. Arch back as far as possible. At least 3-4 reps should be done with each repetition lasting between 5 to 30 seconds.
5. Super Cobra Stretch:
Start by keeping your arms perpendicular to the floor and the spine arched (similar to the end position of cobra stretch). Now bending your hips, bring your body up to form an inverted V position. While doing this, tuck your chin against your chest and then return to the original position. Each repetition should last for 10 to 20 seconds.
6. Hopping with One Leg:
Being one of the simplest exercises ever, this can be done anywhere, in the course of any activity like watching TV, playing in the park or while doing any other work. Hop on your left leg eight times with your hands pointing towards the sky and then hop on your right leg in the same way. This bouncing activity is beneficial for brain development, strengthening of legs and generation of growth hormones.
7. Pilates Roll Over:
Start off by lying on your back with your arms along your sides and palms facing down. Keeping your legs together, extend them straight up towards the ceiling and bend them backwards making them to touch the floor. Touching the floor in this way may appear difficult at first, but with practice it will get easier. The more you stretch yourself, the more your spine lengthens.
8. Forward Spine Stretch:
Sit up straight on a mat with your feet in front. Your legs should be extended about shoulder width apart and your feet should be flexed. Inhale and extend your arms out in front of you. While doing so, bend forward and try to touch the tips of your toes.
If you are able to touch your toe tips, then you can try stretching even forward to keep your spine flexed to the maximum extent. This may appear to be difficult initially, but the position can be achieved through regular practice.
9. Cat Stretch:
Also known as the Indian Dandwat, this exercise is meant to open up your spine and strengthen your shoulders, chest, palms and back. It basically stretches your hamstrings while putting a stress on your stomach. It is beneficial for blood circulation.
Place your hands and knees on the floor with your arms locked out. Inhale while flexing your spine down and exhale while bringing your spine up into an arched position and your head down. The spine at this position should be arched. Keep your shoulders high and elbows straight. Your pelvic bone should touch the floor. Each repetition should last for 3 to 8 seconds.
10. The Bow Down:
Stand straight with your hands placed on your hips. Staying in this position, bend forward as far as possible, leading with your head. Always remember not to bend your knees and keep your chin off your chest. Each repetition should last for 4 to 8 seconds.