They say you stop growing in your teens, or early twenties for men. But that’s not completely true. One can still actually grow! “How is that?!” you ask.
I’ll tell you….
Perform a regular practice of Pilates and/or yoga.
Did you know that when we first wake up in the morning we are ½ inch taller than throughout the rest of the day?
That is because during the day gravity compresses our interverterbral discs and reduces their fluid content. Overnight while we sleep, our body replenishes these fluids and is able to stretch out a bit and relax.
How can we maintain this ½ inch of growth throughout the day?
Doing yoga or Pilates exercises elongate and strengthen the spine, while increasing core strength. Moreover, when we glide our shoulder blades down our back, such as in downward dog and other poses, this further improves our posture.
And if that’s not enough of a reason to try Pilates or yoga, in addition, your taller stature will provide feedback to your brain, making you feel more confident and self-assured.
Standing taller? Feeling more self-reliant?
Count me in!
(Note: remember to get clearance with your physician before trying any new exercise practice. Always address past/current injuries to ensure that your new exercise practice suits your individuals needs and provides benefit only, not harm).