Many people, particularly those that are smaller than average, or at least smaller than their peers, are unhappy with their height. However, biologically, it is stated that as soon as we have gone through puberty, we have finished growing. Sure, boys often have one last growth spurt between the ages of 19 and 21, but that is about it. It seems, however, that finding ways to grow taller is becoming increasingly popular. Let’s take a look at the consequences of that, what can be done to grow taller after puberty and what the realities of life are in terms of adult height increase.
Consequences of so Many Wanting to Grow Taller
We live in a digital world with anything you are interested in being purchasable through the internet. Unfortunately, this includes a lot of bogus products. As soon as it became clear that “growing taller after puberty” was a popular internet search, a range of products started to flood the market that claim to be miracle cures. There are pills and secrets, exercise programs and diets that all claim to add quite a few inches to a person’s height. There are indeed a few pills that exist that help in growth, but these need to be provided by a medical professional. Due to the side effects these pills also cause, they are only prescribed to people who have bone deformities or uneven legs and are certainly not a miracle cure.
So What Does Work?
So does this mean we are due to stay short for the rest of our lives? Not necessarily. There are some answers to the question of how to grow taller. Naturally, someone who has the size of a jockey will never be able to grow to the size of a basketball player, but there are some grow taller tricks out there. Let’s take a look at some growing taller tips.
There are a number of exercises that you can do that are designed to strengthen the back and stretch the spine. These exercises are mainly about changing your posture, so that you actually stand taller. Through these exercises, you can “grow” by about one inch. However, you need to continue to perform these exercises regularly, so that you are able to maintain your posture and continue to stand tall. These exercises are known as grow taller exercises and they are reasonably successful.
If you really are worried about your height, you could choose to wear shoe insoles. These can add up to an inch in height to your overall body. Alternatively, you could wear shoes with very thick soles, or even combine the two. This way, you can add up to two inches to your height. For women, high heeled shoes and other heel lifts are an obvious solution. It is a shame we no longer live in the seventies, where everybody wore platform and other height increase shoes!
You should also consider the clothing that you wear. Your clothing won’t add actual height to your body, but it will certainly make you appear longer. Try wearing vertical stripes (horizontal stripes make you look fatter) and wear the right colours. Bright colours, such as white and light blue work well, but also black. However, stay away from patterns, browns and over the knee dresses, which all make you look shorter.
So Can We Grow Taller After Puberty?
Unfortunately, there is very little we can do about growing taller after puberty. We tend to be predisposed to have a certain height, which is determined by our genetics (short parents tend to create short children) and our environment (French and English people tend to be quite short, Dutch and German people tend to be quite tall). There is little that can be done practically to have a dramatic increase in height, bar height increase surgery that is very dramatic and never recommended. Growing taller naturally, therefore, only happens up to and during puberty and that is where it stops. However, creating the illusion of height is much easier, by standing in the right posture, wearing the right shoes and choosing the right clothing. Other than that, it is about being happy with who you are and what you look like.