A person can grow taller with exercises until their growth plates stop which is around age 24. Up until then you can do some things that might help you grow a little taller. When it is too late for the growth plates to help you grow taller, you can do stretches that will give you a little bit more height by standing straighter and loosening up your joints to give you a little extra height. There are online classes that can help you with stretches to help your posture and stand taller.
The Cobra Exercise
The cobra exercise can help you by stretching the spine and encouraging your growth plates to grow. Lie on the floor face down then push yourself up and stretch your head back as far as you can go. Hold this position for 5 seconds then release. Repeat the cobra up to 20 times.
The Super Cobra Exercise
The super cobra exercise is very similar but after you do the first stretch, you do a clam shell. So, after you stretch you put your butt up in the air and use your hands to “walk” closer to your feet. Tuck your chin in to your chest and hold the position for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat the super cobra up to 20 times.
The Cat Stretch to Stretch the Spine
Most people are familiar with the cat stretch that will help elongate your spine and help to grow taller if you are younger. Get on your hands and knees and arch your back up as high as you can while you tuck your chin into your chest. Hold the position for 5 seconds then pull your chin up and let your back relax. Hold your chin up for 5 seconds then release. Repeat the cat stretch up to 20 times.
The Leg Stretch
The leg stretch is another common grow taller exercise that is usually first learned in elementary school. Sit on the floor with your legs spread wide apart. Grab your right foot with your right hand then slowly put your head down on your knee, or as close as you can get it. It is important that you do this slowly and do not bounce. Just slowly stretch and hold the position for 5 seconds then release. Next you do the same thing with the left leg. Grab your left foot and then slowly put your head on your left knee. Hold for 5 seconds and then let go. Repeat the leg stretch up to ten times on each leg.
The Bridge Stretch
The bridge stretch is similar to the cat stretch but sort of the opposite. Lie on your back and by raising your knees bring your feet up to your butt. Hold your ankles then arch back so your belly is up in the air. Now you look like a bridge. Hold the arched position for 5 seconds and then release and go back down to the floor. Repeat the bridge stretch ten times.
The Table Stretch
The table stretch is a little more difficult to do, but with practice you’ll accomplish it. Sit on the floor with your legs on the floor straight in front of you. Put your hands down by your sides with your palms down and fingers pointing straight ahead. Tuck your chin to your chest and hold for three seconds then put your head all the way back with your chin up. Hold that position for three seconds then slowly push your back up so it is perfectly straight horizontally and up in the air so that you look like a table. Hold that position for three seconds then release and go back to the floor. Repeat the table stretch up to 20 times.
The Bow Down Stretch
The bow down stretch is a simple stretch and the better you get at it the closer your face will get to your knees. To do the bow down stretch, stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Now bend over while keeping your hands on your hips. Slowly relax your spine and see how close you can get to your legs with your face by just relaxing and not forcing your face to your legs. Do not bend your knees and do not put your chin to your chest. Let your body hang there in this stretch for 3 seconds and then return to the upright position. Do this bow down stretch up to 10 times.
The Wall Stretch
The wall stretch only looks easy. It is tough to do because it has you a little off balance with the wall being right behind you. Stand up against a wall with your back to the wall. Now slowly put your arms straight up as you get up on your tippy toes. Stretch as far up as you can while keeping your spine as flat against the wall as you can then relax and go back to the starting position. Repeat the wall stretch up to 20 times.
The Backward Leg Stretch
The backward leg stretch will do a good job of stretching everything on your backside. Lie down on the floor on your stomach. Put your hands behind your head and lift one leg up without bending the knee. Lift the leg as far as you can and hold it for 3 seconds then let it relax back down to the floor. Lift the other left and hold it for three seconds then release it. Do this backward leg stretch ten times with each leg.
The Bend Back Stretch
The bend back stretch is one you do standing up. So, while standing up, put your hands behind your neck. Bend your upper body backwards as far as you can go without losing your balance. Hold that position for three seconds and then slowly return to straight up. Repeat this bend back stretch up to 20 times.
The Long Stretch
The long stretch is a good all-around stretch you do lying down on the floor. Lie down flat on the floor face up. Put your arms over your head and reach as far as you can reach while pointing down with your toes. Try to reach as far as you can reach with your toes at the same time. Hold that stretch for 3 seconds and take a couple of deep breaths. Then release, lower your arms and relax your legs. Rest your body for 3 seconds then repeat. You can do this long stretch up to 20 times.
Stretching to Relieve Back Pain
If you are troubled by back pain it is a good idea to do back stretches tailored for relieving back pain. It is amazing how much help a few stretches can give to prevent and loosen up back problems.
Yoga and Tai Chi Stretches
Yoga classes and Tai Chi stretches can work wonders for your overall health, well-being and even loosen up the spine to stand taller. Some of these yoga classes you can do online and do not have to take the time to go to a yoga class in person. It is a lot easier to work at your yoga stretches at home when you have the time to take a break from your busy schedule. When you are younger these classes and stretches become your grow taller exercises and when you are older they can help you stand taller.