I've heard from many people that if you are exercising at the gym, then your height will stop increasing. Is it true for 19 year old male?

  • Can you eleborate the term Temporary shorter of last line of the paragraph?
    – user18250
    Commented Oct 19, 2015 at 19:51

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The exercise itself will not impair your growth. In fact, exercise can increase secretion of Human Growth Hormone, which can lead to a height gain. However, if you are chronically under-nourished, there is a risk of you winding up a few inches shorter than you might have been. If you injure your growth plates, that may affect bone growth, but the risk is primarily in broken bones, and even those seldom cause problems if properly set.

It is true that lifting weights will temporarily make you shorter due to compression of the spine, but the effect is entirely temporary.

  • Could performing high impact movements have a detrimental effect on growth plates that haven't calcified yet?
    – Alex L
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 16:28
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    It looks like it's possible, but only if bones are broken or otherwise damaged.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Oct 15, 2015 at 16:49
  • @user18250: It looks like your comment got moved to the wrong place. It's temporary as in the spine lengthens back out when you sleep.
    – Sean Duggan
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 13:10

It depends. If you do plenty of cardio (e.g. short burst sprinting, swimming, etc.), your body will secrete growth hormones.

However if you lift heavy, especially chest or back related workouts since your bones are less dense and still growing it will stunt that growth.

I suggest doing more high intensity workouts with lower weight and higher rep range!

  • Ignoring the superlative - bones are not soft.
    – Alex L
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 3:52
  • They are when you are still growing. Technical term would be less dense! @AlexL
    – xlharambe
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 4:00
  • -1 until I hear some explanation of how chest or back related lifting will stunt growth, with or without calling upon bone density. Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 21:53

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