Okay, we all know there’s no growing after puberty. In fact, the older you get, the more you shrink.
“As we get older, the fluid that fills the discs between the vertebrae of our spine loses volume, resulting in a decrease in height,” explains physical therapist Rob Ziegelbaum, DPT, clinical director and owner of Wall Street Physical Therapy in New York City.
Additionally, the hours we all spend hunched over a computer and smartphones cause our shoulders and head to slump—known as “Tech Neck,” Ziegelbaum says—costing us even more inches.
The good news: Correcting poor posture can immediately score you some altitude.
But to fully maximize one’s height, you have to look at the entire body, says Jeffrey Yellin, DPT, CSCS, regional clinical director for Professional Physical Therapy in Long Island and Queens. “Postural flexibility and stability plays a huge role in taking back those extra two to three inches that one might lose with rounded shoulders or a forward head position.”
Perfecting your posture is about more than just standing up straight. Check out these 7 steps to help you straighten out and gain a few extra inches.