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Can you increase your height after 25?

Can you increase your height after 25?

If you’re curious about whether or not it’s possible to grow taller after 25 years old, then this guide will give you the truth.

After analyzing the height measurement data of thousands of male and female participants, we believe that we have a pretty good answer when it comes to the question of whether or not you can increase your height after 25.

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Is it possible to grow taller after 25 years old?

A man wondering if it is possible to increase your height after 25

So, is it possible to grow taller after 25 or not? For the vast majority of males and females, it is simply not possible to grow taller after 25, regardless of what you do.

The simple reason for this is that your epiphyseal growth plates, which are at the end of the long bones responsible for your height, close soon after puberty, meaning that additional height growth is no longer possible. [1]

Are there exceptions?

Of course—but they’re certainly rare. Still, there are cases where people have experienced a genuine height increase after the age of 25.

But for most people, they definitely won’t get taller after 25, especially not if they stopped growing years ago, which is likely to be the case for almost everyone.

How to increase your height after 25 naturally

A many trying to figure out if you can grow taller after 25 years old

To make it extra clear, you almost certainly won’t grow taller at 25. But in the rare case that a post-25 height increase is within your genetic capabilities, this mini guide will set you up for success by helping you to optimize your sleeping schedule, diet, and exercise routine.

First, sleep. Aim for 8-10 hours of quality sleep each night to take full advantage of the growth hormone release that occurs during sleep. Don’t look at any screens, if you can help it, within an hour of going to bed, as these devices emit blue light, which often makes it hard to fall asleep.

Next, exercise. Most of us, whether we’re willing to admit it or not, lead very sedentary lifestyles these days, which is no good for growing taller. Your body is designed to move around, so you should aim to get a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Crucially, you want to do both cardiovascular training and resistance exercise to build a body that has a good aerobic capacity as well as one that has strong muscles and bones.

On the diet side of things, make sure to consume nutritionally balanced meals. Get your protein in, but also make sure to consume adequate fats and enough carbohydrates to support your activity level.

There are countless examples that I could list, so here are just a few: Fruits and vegetables of different colors, sweet potato, oats, fish, dairy, lean meats, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds.

Can you have a growth spurt at age 25?

A man who had a late growth spurt at 25

While it’s technically not impossible to have a growth spurt at 25, a rapid period of physical development—that’s what a growth spurt actually is—is not possible for most people after the age of 25.

You can’t force a growth spurt by training really hard or eating loads of protein. If this were the case, then elite athletes would all be growing really tall, which they obviously aren’t.

Therefore, your best bet is to accept the reality of your current height and focus on the areas of your body and life that you can control.

You can always lose fat and build muscle, which will definitely make you look more imposing, if that’s the look that you’re going for.

How likely are you to get taller after 25 years old?

A woman getting her height measured with a stadiometer

Honestly? Not very likely at all. Unless you’ve grown taller in your 20s, there’s virtually no chance of you getting taller at 25 or any of the following ages.

Can you increase your height after 26 years old?

Can you increase your height after 26 years old? No, the vast majority of people won’t get any taller after 26 because, by this age, you’ve almost certainly achieved your adult height, meaning that your growth plates have closed.

Can you grow taller after 27 years old?

Can you grow taller after 27 years old? Although many 27 year olds would like to increase their height, it’s simply not physiologically possible for a 27 year old to grow taller.

Can you get taller after 28 years old?

Can you get taller after 28 years old? Unfortunately, it’s just not possible for a man or woman to get any taller after 28 years old. 

The human body is amazing, so there could be rare exceptions (I haven’t seen any personally), but in the vast majority of cases, a person has stopped growing taller 10+ years before turning 28!

Are there any exercises that will make you grow taller after 25?

A man doing yoga outside

There are no magic exercises that will lead to a height increase at any age, certainly not at 25 or older.

Stretching, for example, is often touted as a way to get taller after 25. But the truth is that stretching only makes you look (slightly) taller by improving your posture; it doesn’t actually lengthen your bones or trigger a new growth support at 25.

Since many people actually lose height as they age, stretching could be a good way to offset some of that height loss so that you can maintain your current stature. [3]

Conclusion: Should you try to grow taller after 25 or not?

While there’s no harm in eating healthy, sleeping well, and exercising daily, living the healthiest lifestyle in the world is very unlikely to make you any taller after 25.

You certainly don’t want to waste your time and money on supposed quick fixes because there really is no such thing when it comes to growing taller—a process that’s mainly governed by genetics (environmental factors also play a role when you’re in puberty).


  1. Karimian, E., Chagin, A. S., & Sävendahl, L. (2012). Genetic regulation of the growth plate. Frontiers in endocrinology2, 113.
  2. Frindik, J. P., & Baptista, J. (1999). Adult height in growth hormone deficiency: historical perspective and examples from the national cooperative growth study. Pediatrics104(4 Pt 2), 1000–1004.
  3. Cline, M. G., Meredith, K. E., Boyer, J. T., & Burrows, B. (1989). Decline of height with age in adults in a general population sample: estimating maximum height and distinguishing birth cohort effects from actual loss of stature with aging. Human biology61(3), 415–425.