If anyone says that height doesn’t matter, then most likely they’re not an athlete. Professional basketball players are tall, of course. But do you think that their height is only due to genetics, or there is something related to the way they work out? Perhaps it’s something to do with the food they eat? Maybe, but I think it has more to do with the exercising versus anything. I actually know the real answer – it’s partially due to nature, genetics, and grown supplements, and a lot to do with the way these athletes exercise.
What are the types of workouts that work and actually do the trick? Keep reading and find out as I explain in detail which physical movements will help you achieve better posture and ultimately add a few inches to your height.
7 Exercises That Will Help You Grow Taller – Quicker Than Ever
Before I just start sharing exercises with you, it’s important that you know the science behind this. Let’s talk goals…
The main goal behind these exercises is to decompress your spine and return it into its natural position. By doing this, you will be able to stand up straight as naturally possible.
Correcting your posture will help you to not only to appear taller, but it will actually increase your height and make you taller. As strange as it sounds, it’s 100% true.
How it happens:
Growing taller can be achieved by strengthening your core muscles, strengthening the muscles that support the spine and adding flexibility to your spine and back. This way, you will be able to stand up straight and maximize your height. Think about it, the hunchback of Notre Dame is never going to be the tallest person in the room. It’s all because of poor posture, but proper back exercises can fix that.
Before I dive into the exercises, I want to talk about safety before I start sharing exercising info. You’ll need to know some safety facts first. To protect your health, you need to know how to move correctly and how to avoid injury.
If at any time you feel that something is wrong, doesn’t feel right, or feels painful, then you should stop performing the exercise. If you have any type of injury, then you should stop working out immediately. Seek help from either a physician or a physical therapist. Whatever you do, don’t go overboard here. Remember, working out is about being healthy, not overexerting yourself to cause more harm than good.
Now that I covered all that, here are the exercises to consider working into your routine.
Reach For The Sky Exercise
- Stand at about one or two feet from a wall, with the back to the wall.
- Raise the arms towards the sky/ceiling. Stretch the body backward and touch the wall with the tips of your fingers.
- It may seem easy and simple, but every next time, you should stand a little further from the wall, slowly reaching the ultimate distance of four feet away from the wall.
Rocking Chair Exercise
- Lie on your stomach on a flat surface, like the floor. Grip your hands behind your back, with arms fully stretched. Your legs should be fully stretched in line with your body.
- Slowly flex your body, while raising it upwards, so you will only support yourself with the abdominal muscles.
- Rock your body forward and backward, similar to a rocking chair. Repeat a few times and you will feel a burn in your muscles.
Sushi Roll Exercise
- Lie flat on the back on a bed or a yoga mat.
- Extend your legs and arms vertically as far as they go and stretch your body as much as you can.
- Start twisting and turning as if you are twisting a sushi roll. This way, you will stretch every joint in your body and actually feel it.
- Never and I mean never, perform any sudden movements, avoiding them will help keep you from straining your joints and muscles.
Bird Dog Exercise
- Stand in a push-up position with the knees on the ground.
- Lift one leg and extend it backward. Lift the opposite hand and extend it forward. Hold your body in this position for about ten seconds.
- Repeat on the other side.
- The extended arm and leg need to be parallel to the ground and the head should be pointed straight down.
Here’s a video tutorial for you.
Swing Stretch Exercise
- Find a monkey bar or a pull-up bar that is more than a foot higher than you.
- Jump up, grabbing the bar and swing the body back and forward until you feel a burn in your hands.
Teeter Totter Inversion Table Stretch Exercise
This is done with an inversion table. An inversion table is an excellent tool that helps with spinal decompression and with the decompression of all the joints in the body, as well as with a full body rest. You may feel discomfort or be scared at first, but soon you will see the benefits an inversion table has on your spine.
- Secure the legs/feet on the base of the inversion table, making certain you are securely strapped in.
- Slowly rising your arms above the head, tilt the table, rotating the whole body upside down. Stay in this position a few seconds and slowly come back up.
Abdominal Exorcism Exercise
This exercise is aimed at loosening and strengthening the hip flexor and iliopsoas muscles that, in most people, are tightened in an unnatural position from very long periods of sitting down. The exercise helps the muscles lessen the tension on the spine, effectively allowing you to stand up straighter.
- Place your body in the lunge position, with the right foot in front of your body and the left knee on the ground.
- Extend the left arm up towards the sky/ceiling.
- Tilt the body to the right, and after rotating the body to your left side.
- Repeat on the other leg.
By following the core strengthening exercises and body stretches, you will undoubtedly strengthen all the necessary muscles that hold the spine in place and you’ll for sure correct your posture.
I should leave you with one final note: These exercises need to be done on a regular basis. If you do them religiously, you should start seeing a noticeable difference in your height and posture pretty quickly. If you decide to supplement with some pills to get taller, then you’ll see better results versus just exercising.