How Does Hanging Help Increase Height?

Defy gravity and stretch your way to a taller and straighter posture with a simple exercise.

By Shirin Mehdi

It is known that genes determine our height (1). However, some anecdotal evidence suggests hanging helps increase height (2). In fact, this is one of the most common pieces of advice anyone keen to increase their height will receive. Drinking milk and cycling also are believed to promote height. That said, hanging exercises can be a great addition to your exercise regime. They are easy to perform and do not need major equipment. Read on to learn more about them and if they are really effective in increasing height.

Does Hanging Increase Height?

For a major part of the day, most of us are in an upright position. Experts say that one of the main hindrances to growing taller is gravity (3). Gravity affects our spine and joints and actually compresses it. It squeezes the cartilage and contracts the muscles. This is what makes us appear shorter. So what can be done to defy gravity? The answer is to hang! Hanging can help fight the effects of gravity on our body, and thus promote growth!

How Does Hanging Help?

Hanging is a very simple exercise and at the same time it is strenuous also. When you hang by holding bars, you are actually stretching your entire body. Your feet are away from the ground. Your lower body is stretched completely and the spine is also elongated while doing this exercise. Try this small experiment. Ask someone to measure your height when you are standing on the ground. Ask them to do the same while hanging. You will find a noticeable difference in height when you compare the two.

Factors To Consider While Hanging

  • Hanging is completely an antigravity exercise.
  • When you hang each and every muscle and bone is stretched in your body.
  • Blood circulates more efficiently to the stretched parts of the body.
  • Oxygen is also well circulated from head to toe.
  • The body stretches naturally because of improved blood and oxygen circulation in the body.

How To Do Hanging Exercises to Increase Height?

  • Firstly you need a good set of horizontal bars. These are found in gymnasiums and even many public parks.
  • However make sure that the horizontal bars are located high enough to support the entire length of your body.
  • When you hang from these bars, your feet should be at least 1 foot away from the ground.
  • In case your body does not extend fully then bend your knees slightly.
  • Your body should hang freely from the bars.
  • While holding the bars, your palms should face away from you.
  • Imagine if you’re doing push-ups, you will hold the bars with your palms facing in the opposite direction. Similarly, even while hanging try and use the same posture.
  • Make sure you are holding the bars tight enough.
  • Start relaxing your body and let it loose.
  • This gives room for the body to grow a few inches.
  • When you’re hanging with your feet above the ground, gravity is acting on your body and trying to pull it downwards. This is what is stretching your body.

How Much Time Should One Spend Hanging from a Bar to Increase Height?

This depends on your personal stamina. Hanging is a strenuous exercise. Those who are practiced at this can hang continuously for about 30 seconds at one go. However if you spend 3 to 4 minutes every day hanging it is more than enough. Too much of it can strain the muscles and ligaments.

It is known that the height of an individual is majorly dependent on their genes. That said, does hanging help increase height? In reality, it may help to a certain extent. Hanging exercises help defy gravity and exhibit a positive impact on the height of an individual. A good set of horizontal bars is a must-have for hanging. Also, bending your knees a little helps elongate your body. You can limit hanging to 2 to 3 minutes at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hanging increase height after 21 years?

Anecdotal data suggests that hanging may increase height after 21 years. However, limited research is available in this regard.

How many times should we hang to increase height?

Practice hanging exercise for about 30 seconds continuously and perform 2-3 repetitions of the same. However, the duration of the hanging exercise depends on personal stamina. Also, hanging exercises may not increase one’s height after they cross certain age.


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