You too can grow taller - Times Of India
Worried your child isn't tall enough? Is he/she shorter than his/her classmates? Well, don't fret; there are ways in which you can help your child grow taller...
Worried your child isn't tall enough? Is he/she shorter than his/her classmates? Well, don't fret; there are ways in which you can help your child grow taller. You should stop believing that it is always genetic -- that just because the parents are short, the child will be short too. And also, many parents think that the child cannot grow any taller after puberty -- this has also been proved wrong. With the right kind of exercises, your child can grow taller. There are yoga asanas and exercises that can help elongate the growing bones.
Holistic health guru Mickey Mehta tells us about a simple exercise called the Cat Stretch, that can help increase a child's height.
He says, "This is the Indian dandwat. Put your palm and toes on the floor and become a mountain shape. Then, slowly glide down getting the chest towards the ground and become serpentine, thereby getting into Bhujangasan. Your spine at this position is arched; bum is low, shoulders high and elbows straight, pelvic bone touches the floor. Then simply reverse the position and glide out. Now, push yourself out and become a mountain again."
Talking about the benefits of this exercise, he states that this activity helps to open up one's spine, strengthen the shoulder, palms, chest, back, and puts stress on the stomach and stretches hamstrings. It is good for circulation, he adds. Experts say that simple stretching exercises can add up to three inches to your child's height.
Tadasana or the Mountain Pose
This is a relatively simple yoga pose and you can teach your child to do it easily. The Tadasana is an ideal way to lengthen the spine and grow taller.
Stand straight with your feet together and big toes touching. Now, slowly lift and spread your toes and the balls of your feet so that your weight is balanced evenly on both feet.
Next, without hardening your belly, flex your thighs and lift your knee caps, then slowly raise your arms above your head.
Simultaneously, raise your whole body upwards, elevating yourself to the tips of your toes. Press your shoulder blades back so that you do not have to tighten your belly.
Feel the stretch in your whole body and remain in that stretched position for a minute or at least 40 seconds.
Go for yoga
Enroll your child into a yoga class. Yoga asanas can be very beneficial to your children and some yoga poses that involve stretching the body can make them grow taller.
Doing the Surya Namaskar, the Adho Mukha Syanasana, Sukhasana, Chakrasana, Bhujangasana, Tadasana etc can increase a child's height.
Make sure your child does the basic breathing exercises first -- let your child lie down on the back, lift hips and stretch legs backwards. Make sure the back is absolutely straight. Maintain this position and continue deep breathing for as long as possible.
This exercise involves hanging from a rod and stretching your body completely. You should keep your toes pointed to the ground, stomach and buttocks should be sucked in tight and chin should be up. Benefits: This exercise increases height. It also strengthens your hands arms and shoulders and leads to a strong stomach.
Tips to increase your child's height
While most of us know that exercises can help to promote growth spurts in children, people are unaware that even factors like an adequate sleep routine and right diet are important. Here are some other simple ways to help your child get taller naturally.
- Make sure your child gets adequate sleep -- a minimum of eight hours.
- Your child should have proteins, vitamins and calcium in proper amount for the body to grow in an optimum way.
- Check your child's posture -- make sure that they do not sit with their back hunched. The spine should be erect and stretched always.
- Enroll your child in classes like swimming, basketball, yoga.
Health in a bowl
A myriad of packaged health foods and drinks are available in the market that claim to help your child grow taller with their growth enabling nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals that can aid bone health.
Having adequate calcium, protein, iron, carbohydrates and fish can help your child in growing properly.
Take a teaspoon of olive oil and add two to three cloves of garlic. Toss in shredded chicken, salmon, cubes of tofu, steamed broccoli florets, cubed zucchini, asparagus and halved cherry tomatoes. Stir till just done. Sprinkle some pepper powder and salt. Serve hot.