Are you tired of being short? If this sounds like you, there are a wide assortment of options for you to choose from. However, one option to avoid altogether are exercises that claim to be able to make taller yourself by stretching and lengthening your bones after you've hit puberty. This, frankly, is impossible to do, and anyone who claims otherwise is simply trying to scam you out of your money and waste your time.
Why doesn't this work? To understand this, first you must know how your bones grow. When we are infants, much of our bones consist of squishy, flexible cartilage. Much of this substance doesn't ossify into solid bone until we are much older. When we are going through puberty, growth plates on the ends of our longer bones lengthen gradually. Once they stop growing, however, there is nothing short of surgery that will make them grow again.
However, this doesn't mean that exercising is entirely useless. If you are still going through puberty, exercising regularly and doing stretches can help in lengthening your bones, as it releases height growth hormones. If you're no longer going through puberty, exercising to increase your muscle mass can also be beneficial. This results in your body looking thinner, which also helps in making your body taller.
Your diet can also be extremely effective when it comes to trying to make taller yourself. Eating foods rich in calcium, protein, calories, and amino acids not only help your body grow when you're young, but they can also make your bones strong, thus preventing weakened bones and shrinking bones when you're older.
Other methods that can make taller yourself is by how you dress. Wearing matching black shirts and pants can be slimming and help you look taller, whereas wearing dark pants with a pale shirt makes you look shorter by drawing attention to your waist. Similarly, having short hair makes your neck look longer, while having long hair makes it look shorter. Your shoes are also important—wearing something with a heel, be it sandals or boots, can increase your height. Wearing boots, clogs, and tennis shoes also makes your feet look bigger, which in turn makes your body taller.