—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.