Can I speed this up?

Written by Lori Reichel, Ph.D.

  |  Reviewed by Hina J. Talib, MD

The changes that occur during puberty usually take two to five years. For most young people, puberty starts at age 11 or 12, but it can begin anytime from ages 8 to 14. Puberty usually ends by the time a person reaches their late teens.

Some young people may want to grow faster, yet everyone has to be patient because their body grows at the speed it is meant to grow. Hormones will be released when they are meant to be released to help start and continue physical changes. During this time, young people gain weight because their bodies are growing bigger and some might feel chubby because of the release of hormones making changes in their bodies.

Tips for accepting your Body Changes & Growth
  • Move your body in whatever way you enjoy! That can mean dancing in your bedroom, going for a jog, playing a sport, doing yoga, or anything else that puts a smile in your heart.
  • If you feel unmotivated to move your body, give yourself 10 minutes to do something. Usually, we want to continue after 10 minutes, yet, even if you stop, you can still feel better after 10 minutes of movement.
  • Realize that certain body activities, like hanging from a “monkey bar” or doing chest presses, will not speed up your growth. Instead, these activities may stretch and strengthen your body parts.
  • Realize your muscles will grow and form at the speed they are meant to grow and form.
  • Refuse to put anything into your body that is advertised as something that will help speed up your growth. There is no magic “pill” that will help you healthily grow faster.
  • If growing pains are making you uncomfortable, try taking a shower or warm bath or putting a hot or cold pack on the joints or muscles that are sore. Moving your body more when awake and getting good sleep at night often helps too.

Check out more information about the basics of puberty, as well as what to expect during the stages of growth, here.