Does Running Make You Taller or Is It Just a Myth? The Honest Truth!

Most of us are never completely satisfied with how we look, but while some things can be easily corrected or altered some are quite difficult or even impossible to change.

Height belongs to the second category, and although not completely unachievable growing taller is a process that requires a lot of effort and quite some time.

Short people often feel insecure and lack of confidence. Therefore, a lot of research has been done as to discover what we can do in order to grow a few inches taller.

In this process, the conclusion has been reached that running, besides other numerous benefits, can also help those trying to become taller.

So, does running make you taller? Definitely YES!

However, you will have to do much more than jog occasionally if you expect any significant results.

Like all good things in life, getting taller will require you to dedicate to that goal seriously- and I will help you by letting you know what you need to do to make the process as smooth and easy as possible.

So, make sure you stay tuned all the way to the end- together we can grow taller!

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The Benefits of Running

The Benefits of Running

We all know that running is beneficial.

Pediatricians encourage parents to allow their children to run as much as possible as that will enhance both their growth and mental development. Children seem to have a natural urge to run too. 

Unfortunately, we seem to forget how good running is for us once we grow older.

If you too forgot, or have not heard about it (which is highly unlikely), running can help:

Improve your mental health - it will reduce the anxiety level, relieve the stress, induce social interaction, better your sleep routine and provide you with a goal worth achieving. In fact, running lowers the risk of depression by incredible 16%!

Reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases - as it has been declared in a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running reduces the risk of suffering (or even dying) from heart conditions.

Increase your energy level and strength- although you spend energy when running, in time you will feel more energized as well.

Both your muscles and your bones will grow stronger, especially if you combine different running styles.

Stay fit and good-looking – running can help you lose weight and tone-up your body. Try running with ankle weights for quicker results! 

And, finally, RUNNING CAN MAKE YOU TALLER!

As I have already mentioned before, you will have to give your best and push yourself to the limit if you want to gain height by running.

It is best to consult a therapist or a fitness professional that will help you design a detailed running exercise plan that will push all the right buttons and help you achieve your goal.

It is sure not going to be easy, especially if you are running with peroneal tendonitis, Morton’s neuroma, or some other condition that is bound to slow you down and make the process more difficult to endure, but you can do everything you set your mind to, believe me! 

Just keep your mind focused on the final prize- increasing your height!

How Does Running Make You Taller?

How Does Running Make You Taller?

Numerous thoroughly researched scientific papers claim that you can grow as much as 3 inches if you dedicate yourself to the proper running exercise on a regular basis.

The question is, how does this positive result come about?

1. HGH Hormone Boost

According to research published in the “Journal of Metabolism and Endocrinology,” running in bursts intensely and regularly will stimulate your pituitary gland to produce more HGH (human growth hormone) hormone which has an important role in your body’s growth process. 

The HGH hormone will thicken your bones and cartilages and increase the density of your bones resulting in their growth and remodeling.

The more of HGH hormone is released into your system, the taller you will grow!

2. Repairing Microfractures in Your Bones

When you run intensely at long distances, you are likely to develop microfractures in the bones of your lower-leg area, especially in the lower ankle or shin area of your tibia.

These microfractures become stretched, and once they are ossified and repaired, they bring about the positive change in your height. 

The process of healing these microfractures is quicker than the regular changes in your bones as it can happen every three weeks or so.

This means that repairing micro fractures actually speeds up your growth by enhancing the length of your bones.

3. Improving Your Posture

The physiological effects running has on your body, such as improving your posture can also help the process of gaining height.

Running relaxes your shoulders and de-stresses your muscles but also makes you pull your chin up and your chest back, straighten your posture and stand tall.

If you used to have a hunchback posture, the change would be even more evident. As a result of a proper posture you attain while sprinting, you will stretch your spine and gain up to two inches in height.

4. Making Your Body Look Leaner

Running is a great sport for weight loss as it is bound to shape up your whole body in a reasonable amount of time.

Leaner people tend to appear taller as well, so besides getting rid of the spinal curvature, looking sleeker will also contribute to you appearing taller.

Other Factors

There are other factors that influence the process of making you taller that are not directly linked to running such as:

1. Additional exercises

Running is not the only form of exercise that can contribute to you gaining height; the following exercises can help as well:

  • Cobra stretch
  • Dryland swim
  • Pelvic shift
  • Hopping with one leg
  • Pilates rollover
2. Appropriate diet plan

Food can also help make you taller, especially when combined with the appropriate exercise routine such as running.

You should take the appropriate amount of micro and macronutrients found the following food:

  • Milk 
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Liver
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beans
  • Green and yellow vegetables
  • Apples
  • Peanuts... 
3. Appropriate sleeping routine

If you sleep as much as you are supposed to, your pituitary gland will be able to function normally and release the optimal amount of growth hormone.

The HGH hormone is mostly released while you sleep, so you should never deprive yourself of sleep.

4. Avoiding growth repressors

There are some substances that inhibit your growth such as:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Stressful and sedentary lifestyle can also have a negative impact on your height. 

The Ideal Running Training that Can Make You Taller

The Ideal Running Training that Can Make You Taller

Not every form of running will help make you taller.

For best results, you should try sticking to short-running bursts as they can possibly increase the production of HGH hormone by whopping 530 percent. 

Sprinting is also good for your lungs and lowers high blood pressure.

The ideal running routine:

  • 1
    Start with low intensity running and make a 70 yards cycle.
  • 2
    Rest for two minutes (walking break).
  • 3
    Repeat eight times but increase intensity level with each cycle.
  • 4
    Do this two times a day, five days a week, and reduce the frequency only when you achieve the results you desire.

This is a high-impact routine that will require your dedication and strong will.
Put your heart and mind into it, and soon enough you will be able to feel the advantages of sprinting.

Conclusion

Conclusion

If you have read all the way through and paid attention to what you read, you now have the answer to the question “does running make you taller?” and it is YES!.

It is an honest truth although many consider it to be a myth.

If you have tried it and failed, it simply means that you have not tried hard enough.

Try again, fail better!

My advice to you is to stick to the proper running routine, mind what you eat and make sure you sleep enough.

Push yourself to the limit, do not give up- studies have proven that you can permanently increase your height for up to three inches by running.

Do share if you have some additional advice and positive (or negative) experience!

Matt C.
 

Hi, I’m Matt, the man behind Empower Your Run. There's nothing quite like crossing your first finish line, and I hope one day you'll get the chance to experience that for yourself. Remember – “if you can walk, you can run” – and I'll be here guiding you every step of the way!