Sitting in the office all day can be pretty boring and is of absolutely no help for my feet and body which oftentimes start getting all tight. I don't think I could sit in the office all day. While sitting here and my desk can be good to rest my feet for my evening run later, it can also have the exact opposite effect where it gets my muscles all tight and achy and I'd have to put in more effort for my warm-ups.
Fortunately this is not something I do everyday. I run my own large format inkjet printing company and most of the time I'm always on my feet outside meeting clients, attending and participating in installations and helping out with production work. I'm the kind of person who takes a hands on approach to things. My work motto is 'If you wanna get something done right, do it yourself'.
I like being out and about on my feet doing stuff cos then when I get home in the evening, I'm all pumped up for my run and my body (and especially my feet) are all nice and warmed up already. A simple 5-10 minutes of stretches will suffice unlike days like today when things are so bloody quiet in the office and no client wants to see me which leads me to sitting at my desk all day and getting my legs all tight and achy which will take me a heck longer to warm up. Not to mention that it makes me feel all lazy as well!
I take warming up seriously seeing as how injuries are easily obtainable at my age. I love running but it's an entirely different thing to run with pains in your legs ... not nice at all, I'm sure you guys who run know what I'm talking about.
But I've read that the camp is divided on the issue of warming up and stretching, with some people saying you don't need to warm up and some saying that you do. Which camp do you subscribe to? I'm all for warming up, like I said at my age, I'm all that much LESS flexible and loosening and warming the muscles prior to a run is pretty important for me.
What do you think? Is warming up and stretching before any exercise a must for you or do you think it's just a waste of time?