You may have heard that stretching your spine can increase height and thought it was a myth. While it may sound like the stuff of story, it actually has some basis in science. You lose height throughout the day because there are discs of cartilage in between vertebrae, and as the day goes on this cartilage compresses due to gravity. Elongating the spine by doing certain stretches can put some bounce back in these cartilage discs, actually making you taller. If done on a regular basis, these exercises may actually add a little height.
Stretches that Take the Kinks Out
- Sky Stretch-stand straight and tall and reach hands as high as possible, straight up in the air. Hold at the highest point for ten seconds. This is a good stretch to begin and end with, and can also be done throughout the day for general good feeling.
- The Bow-stand so that hands are on hips and feet are together with legs straight. Bend from the waist, trying to touch your chin to your feet. As you bend, keep your chin away from your chest. When you reach the end point, hold the posture for ten seconds. If you have not done anything like these in a while, you may feel it in your legs before your back. Do a few reps, until you can feel the stretch in your back.
- Toe touch-stand with legs straight and feet together. Do a sky stretch, then bend down as far as possible and touch toes if possible. Hold the pose for ten seconds.
- Reverse toe touch-stand with legs straight and hands behind back, fingers laced. Bend face towards feet, and as you bend, pull your hands towards your head. Hold the posture for ten seconds.
While it may take a while to actually see any height results, these stretches are sure to make you feel better, release tension, and add to your flexibility.