Do Handstands Effect Height/Posture?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Do Handstands Effect Height/Posture?

    I know this might be a bit of an odd habit, but one thing I do regarding my fitness is measuring myself every week. The reason behind this is because I’m well aware that certain exercises can screw up your posture and affect your spine, especially if done with poor form, and since I do a pretty broad range of moves on a daily basis with my workouts because of things like Daily Dares, workouts of the day, and just my own experimentation, I want to make sure that I’m never doing anything that can ruin my back and/or posture, especially since I’m only 5’7, and while I’m okay with that, every inch counts lol.

    One exercise I’ve taken notice of here that seems to have had an effect are handstands. It seems like my height seems to increase a bit, or at the very least be closer to the maximum of what It usually is (I know measurements can vary sometimes by say, quarter inches, and it would probably be on the higher end of this variance) when I’m doing them on a regular basis. In fact, at one point last year, I remember it actually hit one of the highest points I ever saw it at somewhere around 5’7.25 or 5’7.5. I was doing handstands on a daily basis at that point for about a month or so, and I increased the amount of time I held them by 5 seconds every day. I think I started at about 2 minutes and eventually built up to around 4 minutes or so if memory serves me correct. I even did an experiment not too long ago regarding this where I held a handstand for 2 minutes every day for about a week, and sure enough, I measured in about a quarter of an inch taller than I did the previous week.

    Was this all some sort of weird coincidence, or can handstands really increase height, or at the very least improve posture to maximize it? Also, what are some other exercises that might be good for the same purpose?

    #2
    I would go with weird coincidence, or at most that handstands are making your posture better.

    The human body is not a monolith, it fluctuates all the time in all kinds of ways. As an example they say that 36.8 degrees is human body temperature, but it is really a range between 36.6 and 37.2, and your body can go through extremes throughout the day as this is just the average. I reckon the same thing is probably happening with your height, as our height is not really a defined number, but moves around a little bit here and there.

    Comment


      #3
      While not mentioned above you may have already factored this in but we are taller in the morning than the evening so timing of when you are doing things may be part of the variance.

      Comment


        #4
        Azercord Oh yeah, for sure. I always measure myself in the morning because of that so that I get a more accurate number in the same way I always weigh myself before I've eaten anything.

        Comment

        Working...
        X