Being tall is not all about the look. In some career routes, like modelling, flight attendance, piloting or diplomacy, high stature is a decisive criterion. Thus, height will be an edge for children to build up their confidence, which is the key to success in career, love and life. As such, parents should take better care of their height growth right from their childhood. Let’s help them design a perfect morning routine to get taller.
According to the traditional Chinese medicine principles, waking up early is beneficial to health. For children, this habit helps them stay energized and happy all day and maintain healthy biological rhythms, which boosts height maximally.
Most early risers tend to be more persistent, excel in teamwork and become smarter at workplace, which signals special traits of leaders and successful people. That’s why parents should train their children to sleep before 10 p.m. and get up around 6 a.m. Such a good habit not only helps children become more self-disciplined but also benefits their body growth.
Shoulders and body stretch is a simple exercise but has a great impact on growth, adjusts stature and reduces risks of injuries. If children curl up all night to sleep, their bodies tend to curve, limbs become contracted and joints get folded. Stretching shoulders and muscles after getting up in the morning can adjust that sleeping posture and warm up all joints that stretch spinal cartilages maximally, and therefore triggers height growth.
Morning sunbathing is considered the best way to get natural vitamin D for children to prevent rickets. It plays an important role in the absorption of Calcium and Phosphorus, aids in the calcification that helps cartilages grow and thus increases height.
However, a baby’s epidermis is five times thinner than an adult’s and completely vulnerable to UV radiation before the age of three. Therefore, babies under 6 months old shouldn’t be exposed to sunlight at any time of day. For older ones, the best time to sunbathe is between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
For children in their growing years, morning exercise and sports is a part of healthy lifestyle, building muscles and preventing diseases. Playing sports regularly can help their bodies release endorphin, a hormone that makes them feel fresh and energetic to begin a new day. In addition, this happiness hormone also regulates the functions of endocrine system, including pituitary gland and thyroid gland, which are responsible to excrete growth hormone, boost genetic potential and activate bone cell development. Moreover, exercising also promotes metabolism, smooths endochondral ossification and maximizes body development.
To grow taller, children need a balanced, nutritious breakfast for physical and mental activities to start a new day. Skipping or having poor breakfast will affect their health badly. A healthy breakfast every day improves metabolism and height growth. Four nutrient groups: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals must be provided adequately to keep fit and stay healthy. Meat, eggs, milk, fruit, beans, etc. are rich in such nutrients.