Although there is no scientifically proven correlation between growing in height and running, many experts in the medical field do believe that running can actually boost growth and make you taller.
Here are some of the claims which the supporters of this correlation have been making:
– Intensive running in bursts can cause a boost of the human growth hormone (HGH) produced by the pituitary gland.
– Regular intensive running actually causes the tibia bone in the ankle and shin area to suffer micro-fractures from the shock from touching the ground with force as well as from the movements and vibrations associated with running. These micro-fractures, according to the supporters of this theory, heal but through stretching and ossification – or the development of new bone cells. This, according to them, causes a change in the person’s height as well.
In order to cause a boost in the production of HGH, running should include eight intensive cycles of running of about 70 miles. There should be no more than 1-2 minute pauses between the cycles. The intensity of the running cycles should gradually increase with each next one. If done properly, this type of running can boost the production of the growth hormone by over 530% according to some studies.
HGH helps the bones and cartilages of the body become stronger and thicker.
To get the best results in strengthening the body and increasing your height through this method, you need to complete these 8 intensive running cycles 5 or 6 times a week. For those who are truly motivated, the results will be even better if the running is done twice a day. Of course for the best results, you need to give everything you have got when performing the intensive running. Sprinting until you reach your limit is what will help you grow in height.
According to some studies, regular intensive running can actually stimulate the human growth with up to 3 inches.
Even if the meter doesn’t actually show a difference, by running regularly you will get fitter, and have an improved posture. A nice fit body and a good posture will definitely make you feel better and look taller. In fact, the proper posture – standing with your head up, the shoulders relaxed and with a straight back can actually make you 2 inches taller.
Overall, running is a great exercise, as it will improve the efficiency of your lungs and heart, help maintain normal and healthy blood pressure levels, improve the density and strength of your bones, and reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as: cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. It can be fun too, if you get a running buddy or two. If you prefer running alone, getting a good mp3 player will add the fun factor to the miles ahead.
The other factors which can affect the height growth include spending time and effort doing some other exercises which are believed to induce human growth, such as: swimming, hanging from bars, Pilates roll overs, cobra stretches, dry land swims and other.
Also, a healthy and proper diet is crucial for the height gain. Eating more fresh vegetables, raw nuts, liver, fish, cheese, legumes, milk and other healthy and nutritious foods can help your body grow.
Getting enough sleep is also believed to play a big role in the growth, especially because the HGH is released while the person is sleeping.
In addition to the regular running, exercising, eating and sleeping properly, you should also stay away from alcohol, smoking, drugs and spending too much time on the couch watching TV. If you are overweight, consider getting appropriate footwear for heavy runners that will adequately support you during your runs.
Even if you don’t actually gain an inch or two in height after following all these rules, you still will look and feel healthier, fitter, and will have increased stamina and reduced stress. So, overall, this is a very good regimen to follow both for your physical and mental wellbeing.