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How I Became More Than an Inch Taller by Stretching

Updated on November 7, 2016

Fact or Myth

Can you really grow taller by stretching? I already know I can become taller with exercise because I increased my height by exercising a while ago. Lots of people have increased their height while doing exercises like yoga and yoga has stretching. To see if I can increase my height by just stretching I started stretching three times a day. If you want to see if you can make yourself taller by stretching try it.

There is nothing complex or difficult about doing stretches for a few weeks. It is easy to do and takes very little time. So there is no reason not to try it.

How You Become Taller or Shorter

You have joints between your bones. These joints can change in size. If the joints become compressed you become a little shorter. If the joints expand then you become a little taller. The change in height is limited to about 2 inches for most adults. You can not become taller by decompressing your spine if your spine is not compressed but most adults that don't do a lot of stretching have compressed spines.

Simply getting out of bed and walking around can compress your spine a little. Being overweight or lifting heavy weights can put more strain on the joints causing them to compress more. People naturally become shorter during the day and taller when they are sleeping. Over the years gravity can compress a person's spine enough that they are an inch or two shorter than could be. They can become taller by decompressing their spine.

Stretching | Source

Morning, Afternoon and Night

Before I started my stretching routine I checked my height to see how much it changed when I was not trying to change it. I checked my height in the morning, afternoon and at night before going to bed. The first day I noticed I was slightly shorter in the afternoon than I was in the morning and slightly shorter at night than I was in the afternoon. The next few days I checked my height again with similar results. My height changes by 1/8" on a normal day.

I become shorter while I am awake and taller at night when I am sleeping. That is because I am vertical while I am awake and horizontal while I am asleep. People don`t usually notice the change in height because it is a very small change. If you measured your height first thing in the morning and then measured it again at night you would notice. That is assuming you were upright most of the day and did not prevent yourself from becoming shorter by stretching.

Woman stretching while doing yoga.
Woman stretching while doing yoga. | Source


Before you stretch warm up your muscles by using them. Do some easy exercises that work most of your muscles and get yourself feeling loose. Lie down on the floor and relax your body. Then extend your arms ahead of you and your legs behind you. Use enough force that you can feel the tension. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, relax your body, then stretch again. Do the stretching on your stomach and then on your back.

You can also stretch while standing. Extend your arms and legs like you are trying to reach the ceiling. To get results do 3 sets of stretches 3 or 4 times a day. Stretch, hold it for 15 to 20 seconds, relax briefly and then do it again. I was doing sets of 5. You should feel some tension but you should not feel pain while stretching. Of course there are lots of other ways to stretch. I wanted to keep it simple. Mostly I stretched like I was trying to reach the ceiling.

Stop Shrinking

The average person is going to shrink. They are going to gradually become shorter if they don't stretch often enough. Stretch on a regular basis, keep the extra weight off and workout your abs and back muscles. Strong muscles protect your joints and make it easier to maintain good posture. If you don't do something to stop it then gravity is going to compress your joints making you shorter and less flexible.

I can reach the pull-up bar now.
I can reach the pull-up bar now. | Source

Becoming Taller

The stretching exercises made me taller. I was able to measure the difference and I could reach things that were slightly out of reach before I started my stretching routine. For instance I was able to reach a pull up bar and do pull ups and chin ups. One of the reasons I wanted to become taller was so I could get my fingers around the pull up bar and pull myself up. I was a little too short to use it without stepping on something. Now I am just tall enough. It was not a huge increase in size but it made a big difference to me. After becoming taller I was also able to touch to top of my door frame. It was out of my reach before.

My height increased by just over an inch. Increasing my height was a lot easier than losing weight or building muscle. I stand a little taller and I can reach things I could not reach before. Give it a try. If stretching does not make you taller it should at least prevent you from getting shorter if you stick with it. Other people may not notice that you are slightly taller just like they may not notice you lost a little weight or gained some muscle but you should. If you want to become taller to improve your confidence or so you look more attractive don't stop at becoming slightly taller. There are lots of other things you can do.


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