Bodies are constantly in flux. People may grow taller until the age of 20 to 25, while adults can start shrinking by the time they are 40. The best ways to increase your height will vary depending upon how old you are. Improving your posture is the best way to grow taller overnight.
Method One of two:
1. Avoid slouching when you sit
It is easy to have bad posture when you are sitting. You should always sit with your back straight, your shoulders back, and with your buttocks touching the back of your chair. If you are always slouching when you sit, your muscles can become weak and your spine may be fixed in an abnormal position. This can make you look appear shorter than you are.
If you have to sit for long periods of time, try to stand up or walk around every 30 minutes if you can.
Keep your feet flat on the floor while you are sitting and your knees at a 90 degree angle. You may need to use a footrest or stool to maintain the proper position.
2. Sleep on a supportive
mattress. Find a mattress that offers good back support. Try out different mattresses before you buy one. If you sleep on your stomach, you will need a firmer mattress than people that sleep on their back or their side. You will spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping, so think of a quality mattress as an investment.
Sleeping on your back puts the least amount of pressure on your spine. If you can not sleep on your back, try sleeping on your side. Stomach sleeping should be your last option.
If you sleep on your side, use one pillow for your head and place another pillow between your legs to keep your spine in alignment.
Support your neck with a pillow that fills in the natural curve of your neck.
3. Do the wall test.
The wall test can help you determine your posture and identify any areas that need improvement. Stand with your back of your head and buttocks touching the wall. Your heels should be six inches from the baseboard. Once you are in this position, check the distance between your neck and the wall and your lower back and the wall.
Your lower back should be one or two inches from the wall. Your neck should be two inches from the wall.
It may be helpful to have someone else measure for you.
4. Check your posture in the mirror.
Stand sideways in front of the mirror. Your head should be straight and not bending forwards or backwards. Your chin should be parallel to the floor. Your shoulders should be in line with your ears, and your stomach should be flat. Your lower back should have a slight forward curve (i.e. not too flat, not too curved, not a hollow back).
It may be easier to evaluate your posture by having someone take a picture of you in this position.
Make sure you do this exercise in a full length mirror so you can see your entire body.
5. Strengthen your core muscles
Your lower back muscles and abdominal muscles make up your core muscles. These muscles connect to your spine and pelvis and help you have good posture. Strengthening these muscles can improve your posture.
Exercises you should try include planks, standing abdominal exercises, and lower back exercises.
Stop doing any of these exercise if you experience pain. If you have severe back pain, see a doctor before you begin doing core exercise.
While strengthening your core muscles won’t make you grow taller overnight, it will help you improve your posture over time so that you will look taller for long term purposes.
Two of two:
1. Dressing to Appear Taller
Create a monochrome outfit. An outfit that has clean lines in one color will make you appear taller. The darker the colors, the taller you will appear. If you do mix colors, wear darker colors on your lower half and lighter colors on top.
All black is often the go-to for monochrome outfits, but other colors work as well.
Wearing vertical stripes and avoiding low-waist pants and trousers will make you look taller as well.
2. Tailor your clothing.
Your clothing can be used to create an illusion. The proportion of your clothes can change how your body looks. For example, loose fitting and baggy clothes can make you appear shorter than you are. Better fitting clothes can make you look leaner and taller.
Find a tailor in your area by doing a simple Google search. Read the reviews to help you decide on the best one.
If there are no tailors in your area, most dry cleaners can do basic alterations.
3. Wear heels.
The quickest way to appear taller is to wear heels of any height. Neutral heels that match your skin tone and heels without ankle straps give the illusion of longer legs. Shoe lifts and heel inserts are an option for men who would like some extra height.
If you wear flats, try a pair of pointy toe shoes to elongate your legs.
Pairing your heels with a high-waisted skirt or high-waisted pants will make you look even taller.
4. Avoid wide belts.
A skinny belt helps define your waist without cutting your body in half. Wearing a wide belt will actually make you look shorter. Your belt should be the same color or a similar color to your pants. A contrasting belt color will draw attention to your waist and make you look shorter.
It is best if you can avoid wearing a belt all together.
Avoid wearing belts with large buckles as well.