It doesn't stunt your growth.
It make you blind.
I've never heard of it.
Non runners believe all sorts of nonsense about what running is supposed to do to you.
The only thing I believe now is it knackers your knee up.
Loss of height with age is usually due to loss of intevertebral space from disc compression or compression fractures resulting in kyphosis. Both are usually pretty painfully and you'd know about it. I agree it's like to be a posture issue or you were never actually taller in the first place
(And 'the bit' is much more important when, like me, you are 5' 1" and a bit )
You can lose as much as an inch quite quickly from a heavy weight lifting session. Then if you hang from a pull-up bar for a while you can stretch your spine out again and get your inch back.
Try it, its fun! Shorter, taller, shorter, taller!
Actually being serious, hanging from a bar and stretching your spine is very good for the health of your back.
Apparently from 30, you start shrinking. I'm short enough without having to worry about losing more height!
People who don't 'understand' running will also pick fault with it. I heard the other day on TV, some woman at a cosmetic surgery company blame running for causing someone's face to drop/effect the collagen or something?!
With regards to the scientific nature behind it, I have no idea but as long as you're enjoying it & don't mind the apparent height-loss (wtf), then ignore the negative comments.
Non-runners (non-exercisers) do like try and put runners/exercisers off.
It makes them feel better about not doing any exercise themselves if they can find a good reason why THEY don't do anything.
I doubt if running is really making you shorter - we do just shrink a bit during the day, then get it back overnight.
Get someone to measure you properly, then you can decide if you really have lost any height.
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