Many people are self-concious about their height and spend a lot of time wondering how to appear taller. You’d be surprised to learn that your height isn’t entirely based on genetics. In fact, there are several enironmental factors that have an influence on your body and even your stature.
Bright Side has collected 9 simple tips that can help you to reach your full height potential!
1. Proper nutrition
A well-balanced diet rich in nutrients (essential calcium intake) and vitamins (especially vitamin D) will help your body improve and grow. Calcium helps your bones to grow while Vitamin D stimulates bone and muscle growth. A healthy diet should be rich in vegetables, fruits, proteins and carbohydrates. Milk, lean meats, vegetables, and nuts should always be present on your dinner table. Try to maintain schedule for food intake. Eat three times a day at the same time with small, healthy snacks in between.
2. Walk outside on sunny days
You get an ample amount of Vitamin D from direct sunlight. But it’s only useful if the ultraviolet B (UVB) rate is not very low. You can learn about ultraviolet rays and their current state from the weather forecasts. Your skin can’t get ultraviolet B during the early mornings, late evenings or most of the winter season.
Systemic exercise or sports are known to improve height. While it can’t drastically increase your height, it can surely help you to get an inch taller and to become a bit more flexible. Doing stretches can also have some beneficial effects. Exercises that stretch your spine and elongate your body are really effective when trying to add an inch or two to your height. Try to start and end your day with some stretching exercises. If anything, you’ll gain a good mood.
Lie on back with your knees bent. Lift your hips up and then return them to starting position.
There are a number of stretching exercises you can do. But if you are trying to increase your height, you’ll definitely want to focus on exercises that work on the calves. Try standing parallel to a wall with your hands on it. Put your weight on your hands. One leg is slowly moving closer to the wall. Hold the position for 30 seconds, when you feel a stretch in your calf. Repeat the exercise several times.
4. Improve your posture
Many people tend to hunch over — especially when sitting for long periods of time. Slouching posture causes the spine to bend and will cost you some inches in height over time. If you learn to maintain a correct, straight posture, you will see your overall stature start to improve.
5. Be more confident
Lift your confidence and you are sure to see your posture improve. Changing your mood can change the picture you see in the mirror every day. Cultivating confidence can influence your body and mind — it’s quite simple and effective.
6. Get enough sleep
As crazy as it sounds, our bodies are always functioning, even when we sleep.That’s why it’s no surprise to learn that children grow the most while sleeping. It is essential that you sleep soundly for no less than eight hours every night if you want to see results. Your sleeping posture also plays an important role in getting taller. For the best results, lay down on your back without a pillow.
7. Wear shoe lifts
Who says shoe lifts are just for movie actors? Even everyday people can use shoe lifts to appear taller. Even if it isn’t a permanent solution, it’s a great way to add some height to your everyday appearance.
8. Height enhancing clothing
Properly chosen clothing can make you appear taller. Unflattering clothing combinations and certain accessories can actually shorten your stature. You can read stylists’ recommendations in the picture above to learn more about how to manipulate your silhouette to appear taller.
9. Eliminate or avoid growth inhibitors
A lifestyle rich in growth inhibitors, such as smoking or drinking alcohol inhibits the growth of our body. By eliminating these bad habits we let our body breathe and do what it is naturally supposed to do.
Whether or not you’re looking to become taller, maintaining these habits is incredibly healthy. When it comes to your height, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing is more important than how you project and take of yourself. Try your best to be confident and cultivate positive thinking!