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Muscles shorten for many reasons. Our Biology often determines the length of our muscles. E.g. Muscles naturally shorten with age, rest, and sleep. That’s why when we rise from a sleep we feel the need to stretch. Even animals and babies stretch as they awaken. And then of course there are a number of pathology’s that cause muscle fibers to contract, even atrophy.

But I believe Physical, Psychological, and Emotional stress, are the main reasons muscle fibers fire and muscle belly’s shorten.

Physical stress refers to exercise, such as working out, standing, walking; and accidents, such as being tackled on a ball field or slipping on ice.

Psychological stress refers to negative or fearful thoughts; or even the pressures and responsibilities of everyday life that weight heavy on our mind.

And Emotional stress refers to sadness and grief.

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