How Cycling Regularly Can Help Increase Height
While no amount of cycling will add length to your bones, height is not based on such narrow limitations. There are factors involved that will indeed make a person look, and actually be, taller as the result of biking. This includes the perception skewing effects of losing weight, which will fool the eye into seeing extra height when there is none. However, physiologic changes are undergone whenever a body performs regular exercise that might add an inch or two to your stature.
The first factor that will be discussed here is the weight loss attained by cycling, and how this relates to apparent height. Two hundred pounds looks a great deal different on someone five feet tall than it does on someone six feet tall. This stems from an inherent ratio of height vs. weight that people use to unconsciously compare body types. Physical beauty is defined, whether correctly or incorrectly, as a body type that maintains a certain look. This look is not too skinny and not too overweight, but somewhere in between. Thus when someone loses weight and is still the same height, the ratio changes, usually into a more attractive range. People looking at this new body frame often see skinny and equate that with height, giving the false perception of a couple extra inches. Fortunately, other benefits of cycling are much more tangible.
The muscles employed heavily during cycling are conveniently those needed to improve posture, and this in turn will increase height. It is often thought that cycling is solely about leg strength and endurance, but other major muscle groups are used as well. The abdominals are necessary for any leg thrust to stabilize the body and keep your balance. Without strong abs, the bike will quickly start to wobble back and forth. Having great balance on the bike will lead to a much smoother ride and less strain on leg muscles that are surely working hard already. The back is also an unseen contributor to bike fitness, especially for longer rides. Leaning forward while cycling helps reduce drag from the wind and can only be supported by a healthy and robust set of back muscles.
Once cycling regularly has led to a rock solid core of abs and back muscles, your posture will naturally improve, lifting your frame from the hip and stretching out the spine to its full length. In addition to freeing the pressure on the spinal disks and improving circulation and lung capacity, another couple inches all of a sudden appears. To those who stick with cycling over an extended period of time, there is no doubt that they soon will be walking tall.