—most definitely you should for a few reasons.
When you workout whether it's going for a quick run, bike ride, exercise class, lifting weights or playing a game your putting the muscles under stress by contracting them.
This causes the muscles to fill with blood, produce lactic acid (by product of muscle contraction), micro tears, inflammation and causes increased tension on the body as a whole. Now I'm sure all of us want a fit & tight body but having excessive tightness is not good because it restricts the bodies ability to move easily and freely.
My body aches because I'm old!!!
Does it really though???
Ever since I got into the fitness industry back in 1999 I always hear those few famous words.
" just wait until your my age"
" you can do that because your young"
" I hurt now because I'm old"
" If only I was 30 again"
Well I'm here to give you some good news! Your age is not the reason why your body is in the shape it is in or why you have aches & pains.
The reason or answer to the above statements has more to do with;
Stretching is not just about trying to do the splits, it's about restoring the bodies ability to move. As we go about our daily life's we are constantly moving against gravity and as creatures of habit we tend to do the same things every day. Whether that means sitting at a desk all day, exercising with weights or running every day or standing on your feet all day. As a result of this repetitive motion or lack there of, the body will slowly adapts to what your doing. Some areas will get tighter from the overuse while others may get weaker.
Should I Stretch
That’s a great question and there are so many opinions out there that
say yes you should and more times than not they say no you shouldn’t because
current research show that it doesn’t help improve range of motion or reduce
your chance of injury.
Well here’s some up to date information for you
- Current research that says
you should not stretch before exercise is based on static stretching and they
are correct. Static Stretching is performed
by holding a stretch or position for a period of time and may or may not be
Knee Pain; Is your Knee the issue or is it the victim?Well I can personally tell you that the knee pain I experience which going by the symptoms appears to be Patellar Tendinitis (which is pain just below the kneecap) and sometimes it is referred to as "Runners Knee."
I've experienced this knee pain from time to time since I played High School Football almost 15 years ago. The knee pain would feel like a mild discomfort while walking down stairs, squatting down or lunging and sometimes when fully extending or locking out my leg.
Have you ever experienced a pain, ache or discomfort in your body that just never seems to go away?
You may have gone to a therapist of some kind such as a chiropractor or massage therapist to work it out and it may have subsided for a few days, weeks or months but then it just seems to come back again.
This is what I consider treating the symptom and not the cause. For example. If you think back to high school and there is a bully and the victim, which one complains? The victim right? You never hear about the bully going to their parents or the teacher and telling them about how they abused the other student.