Many changes in our body are universally associated with aging such as changing in posture, gait, skin, hair, and weight. Although all these changes will inevitably occur as people gets older, lifestyle choices may accelerate or delayed these changes. We all know that our body is made up fat, lean tissue, bones, water, and other substance, consequently changes will manifest in the amount and distribution of these as people gets older. Fat tissue increase toward the mid section of the body especially around the abdominal area, thus lean body mass decreases. Body muscles, liver, and other organs lose some of their cell. The wasting away or loss of muscles is called atrophy. Older people are prone to a condition called Osteopenia or at its later stage osteoporosis due to lose of bone minerals and becoming less dense.
Because of this condition older people has the tendency to become shorter regardless of race and sexes. Height loss is associated to aging changes in the bone, muscles, and joints. With proper diet, regular exercise, and early treatment of osteoporosis can retard height loss.
There are many types of height increase exercise to correct body posture such as yoga, stretching, and free hand exercise that have been accepted as the best method to increase height.
The first exercise is for body posture is called Bowing Down to Yourself. This is the simplest height increase exercise to improve body posture and stretches out the muscles in the upper back. Sit down into a chair and keep your back straight and head facing forward. Keep your feet flat on the floor, slowly lower your chin to your chest and take three long breaths before raising your head back to the starting position. Repeat this movement as necessary.
Secondly, Ear to Shoulder which should be followed after the first exercise. This movement stretches the muscles that run along the sides of the upper spine and neck which helps hold the neck and head in a position of good posture and increase height growth. Sit in the same position as before, with your spine straight and feet flat on the ground. Take a deep breath and when you exhale roll your right ear towards your right shoulder. Take another deep breath and as you exhale roll your chin to your chest. On the next deep breath, exhale and roll your left ear to your left shoulder. Finally, take another deep breath and exhale as you roll your chin back to your chest. All of your movements should be steady and slow and you should inhale deeply. Repeat this set at least 3 more times.
Thirdly, Turkey Stretch, in this exercise you'll be able to feel the stretching and lengthening along the back of your neck. Keep your spine straight and feet flat while you sit in a chair. Act as if there were a string pulling up the crown of your head to make you as tall as possible. Focus your eyes on the area in front of your nose and raise your hand to your chin. Take a deep breath in, rest your hand on your chin and then begin to breathe out slowly. As you exhale, lightly push your chin into your neck until you feel the stretching on the back of your neck. When you finish exhaling stop and then repeat the set, you should do this at least 3 more times.
The next method of height increase exercise is Yoga which is a very good form of exercise with no side effects.
* Lie down straight on the floor and let your body rest comfortably. Then slowly stretch your left foot in the direction of right and right foot in the direction of left. Do not stretch too hard. Then bring back your foot to the normal position and stretch your right foot towards right and left foot towards left, but follow the same guidelines while releasing.
* Lie down on your stomach and chest then keep your palms on the ground near the hips. Slowly bend your legs from your knees and lift the legs up. Let your thigh remain on the ground to provide you support. Now take your hands backward and try to hold your legs. Try to stretch your legs as much as possible while keeping your torso uplifted. Don't try to stretch too much and then relax slowly.
Height loss usually occurs from lack of physical exercise caused by not using the muscles enough. People with sedentary jobs that limit their movement can loss muscle tone. But this can be reversed with regular exercise and proper diet.