Most people who go to the gym love to lift weights but don’t stretch out before or after their workout. It is recommended to warm up before lifting weights and even better to also stretch after lifting weights.
Stretching before a workout helps to get your muscles ready for the load you are about to put on it and helps prevent injuries which commonly occur when a muscle is tight and a load is added. This added load puts additional pressure on the muscle and it gives way and rips muscle tissue (ouch!).
To prevent injuries, always stretch! We tighten up more and more as we get older so stretching and improving our flexibility and balance are key to living a pain free and healthy life.