Does jumping make you taller?


Jumping is one of the most common acts performed during a basketball game. Without him, the game would not be the same.

When you think back to the most exciting plays you’ve ever seen – someone rising to the basket to make a dunk, throwing a shot to the fifth row, or jumping to catch an alley-oop – they almost always involve jumping.

As a hooper that was exactly six feet tall, I would have killed for just two inches more than my height. Now I heard that there is a story floating around the internet which is that jumping can make you taller?

This can’t be true, can it? You may be surprised to hear that the answer is yes ! If only the internet existed during my gaming days.

Read on for the slimmest on high jumps and possible ways to add inches to your body at any age!

But first, what are some of the other ways to potentially affect your growth?



The main determining factor for how tall or short your genetics will be. Do you come from a tall or short family? Your body composition can be traced through generations of your ancestors, and while your specific height can be difficult to determine, you can calculate your height to some degree.


You are what you eat, and if that means healthy calcium and vitamin-rich foods that help your body grow, you’re in luck!


If I had a nickel for every time my father told me to stand up. It might be rich and have a few bonus inches on the vertebrae. To say that better posture will add some height to his body seems simplistic, but if he ever hunches in front of a mirror before standing as upright as possible, he understands what I’m saying.



Now before you think that when you incorporate jumping exercises into your routine, you will magically start to grow like you see in a cartoon.

The act of jumping does not literally make your body grow, but it eliminates decompressions of the vertebrae. These decompressions have materialized over time due to poor posture and general wear and tear on the body. Have you ever wondered why people tend to “shrink” as they get older?

Before heading out to start jumping up and down without a plan, we wanted to cover some of the best exercises for increasing height. The jumps come in different types and levels of intensity. You can perform a full jump or a simple jump or jump. The common denominator is that you leave the floor during the task.

This leads to a wide variety of exercises in which you can achieve your new accelerated growth. Let’s put it this way, with the ability to try a new move every day, you’ll never get bored with your jumping routine.



Think about the last time you were on a trampoline. If you have children, the answer may be more recent than you would like to admit. As a self-admitting trampoline dad, I can’t deny the fun of getting air, especially while your kids are laughing with you (or at you).

Speaking of kids, my kids’ strength has increased significantly since Grandpa jumped off a trampoline. There was an obvious improvement in his core leading to better posture and a taller physique. Mother Nature does the heavy lifting, but it’s possible to reach your full growth potential from childhood through things like a stepping stone.

For those who are past puberty, the increased strength you get from a trampoline builds muscle while eliminating decompressions in the vertebrae. And it’s a lot of fun.


This exercise promotes growth and your balance will thank you too. Simply hopping on one leg, try sets of 10 to start and work your way up as you get more comfortable, while keeping your arms up, you will eradicate decompressions. The balance your body will have to maintain will also work your leg and core muscles, making your feet much more secure.

Alternate your legs for consistency, and don’t forget to keep your arms raised as you jump. The extra arm movement will greatly benefit your core.


Whether jumping rope helps you gain an inch of height or not, you should incorporate it into your exercise routine. The bottom line is that jumping rope is a great full-body exercise that works wonders on your heart. Everyone dreams of reenacting Rocky’s jump rope scene, and this is your chance!

If running doesn’t suit you, why not swap the rope for your cardio workout? Get your heart rate up and it’s actually a lot of fun! Compete against yourself to get more motivation. Count how many consecutive jumps you can do before the rope trips you. When you’re sick of counting, set a timer and see if you can jump for that long.

Now about increasing height by jumping rope. Jumping quickly will increase your strength, leading to healthy growth within your muscles and ligaments. Jumping rope will also increase bone mass, which could lead to a few inches on your frame.




Squats are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Incorporating a jump at the end of the movement adds power to your legs and a boost to your height. It is a fairly simple move.

  • Begin by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Bend your knees as low as possible while keeping your back straight.
  • Jump out of the squat with a jump as high as you can.

Squatting builds muscles and supports joints, leading to healthier and longer vertebrae.


So there you have it. Jumping can, in fact, promote and add height to your frame! There are many other ways besides jumping – diet, better posture, and genetics, to name a few – that you can increase your chances of being taller.

Include the exercises we cover today in your exercise routine. These workouts are a must for building muscle, cardio, and balance throughout the body. And now they can be the secret between 5’11 “and 6’0”? Do you want to become a more dominant player, both in attack and defense? You better start jumping today!

Have you ever incorporated these jumping exercises into your routine to increase height? How did it work? Let us know in the comments below!

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