Is stretching and warming up a necessity?
Before you jump into your scheduled workout it is a good idea to take a step back and consider a few things, stretching and warming up. Myself as well as many people are guilty of bypassing the warm-up and jumping straight into their exercise or work sets. However, this is not a good habit to get into.
Stretching and warming up has several benefits and the most prominent benefit is injury prevention. Once you begin stretching, you are activating your muscles and allowing the blood to flow more fluidly through your body to the areas that you are going to work out, thus reducing the risk of pulling a muscle or a joint injury. Make sure you thoroughly stretch the parts of your body that you intend to workout. Once you are all stretched out, if you are lifting take 4-7 warm up repetitions with 50% of the weight of your normal work set. After these steps are completed, it is time to work!
Is stretching and warming up a necessity? In an ideal world, yes, although occasionally time may not allow it. Life is busy and schedules are demanding and sometimes you have to get through your workout as fast as possible, but if time permits always make sure you go out of your way to stretch and warm up! If you do choose to skip stretching and warming up, it is definitely not an ideal practice and it is not recommended! Always consider your long term health and muscle use. Remember, it is possible to exercise and train when you are injured but it is never a good idea! So be cautious and do what you can to prevent injuries!
Suggestions: Static Stretches, Jumping Jacks, Jog In Place