As a yoga enthusiast, my answer has always been yes to stretching … I usually stretch before and after my daily bike rides. Before to loosen my muscles and after to relax them. However, I have recently learned that before isn’t necessarily the best time to stretch. Apparently, it disturbs the joints and can hamper performance if you are going all out for speed.
Here is what Web MD has to say:
Do You Need to Stretch at All?
Staying flexible as you age is a good idea. It helps you move better.
For example, regular stretching can help keep your hips and hamstrings flexible later in life, says Lynn Millar, PhD. She’s a physical therapist and professor at Winston-Salem State University.
If your posture or activities are a problem, make it a habit to stretch those muscles regularly. If you have back pain from sitting at a desk all day, stretches that reverse that posture could help.