Does exercise stunt growth?

Some people, especially young males, are worried about whether lifting weights will stunt their growth. Well, we have good news! Working out and lifting weights does not impact negatively on your height.

Young men typically continue to grow until they reach 22 years of age. After that, there is not much chance of you getting any taller. But even before that, lifting weights does not have an impact. In fact, physical exercise – including lifting weights – can increase secretion of Human Growth Hormone which can actually increase your height. Much more important is proper nutrition through a balanced diet.

The only risk with weight training is if you damage your growth plates which in turn effects bone growth. But even then, this only a occasionally a problem with broken bones.

So don’t worry, keep lifting!

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