After measuring 5’10” all my adult life, imagine my shock yesterday when I was told I’m 5’8” now. “Huh? Are you kidding me? Two inches! Why is this such a surprise? How is it that I didn’t know this was going to happen?” The nurse laughed it off and told me it’s just the aging process. Listen, honey, losing height is no laughing matter! It makes me feel different and not in a good way.
Let me tell you a little about myself.
- I started ballroom dancing when I was about 20 years old. To begin with, I was an Instructor. As time went by I progressed to Junior Executive, Supervisor, Dance Director, Manager, and finally a studio owner.
- My professional partner and I were United States Rising Star Champions.
- At 50, I received a Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do.
- I have good posture, excellent balance, and I’m extremely proud of every one of my 70 inches. Oops, make that 68.
I have to admit I watched my dear old mother getting shorter as the years went by and she became frailer. But, I never, ever thought it would happen to me.
Read this post to learn more about the ages that people are feeling the happiest at.
What causes a person to lose height?
One reason people are getting shorter is, of course, gravity. In fact, the pressure that gravity exerts on the Earth compresses the spine, eventually resulting in losing height. Accordingly, one way to fight this is by using inversion therapy. Lying on an inversion table and hanging upside down (using at least 60% inversion for this to be effective) helps by stretching the spine thereby decompressing the space between the vertebrae.
Aside from everyday living, getting shorter can be the result of medical conditions such as osteoporosis, which causes bone loss.
What are the things we can do to prevent losing height?
We do the same things that keep us healthy and feeling good every day.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Take your vitamins
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco
In addition, make it a habit to check your weight and height on a regular basis.
In closing, let me say that I’ll learn to accept my fate. On the other hand, medical professionals say a woman loses up to 2″ between 30-60 years of age. Then, she may lose another inch by 80. Oh well, at least now I know what to expect. Furthermore, you do, too.
Before you go, there are worse things than getting shorter. Check out this Dance Safari post, “Find Happiness When Your World is Turned Upside Down” for some inspiration on feeling better. I’m gonna read it myself!