Synovial fluid is for your body as oil is for your car or the oil for you door hinges in the house. When the car parts or door hinges are lubricates they glide part each other, there is no impediment to movement.
You also know that when lubricated you also reduce the damage on the parts of your car or the hinges of your doors. They also last longer.
Synovial fluid does the same thing the joint or the parts of your body, it lubricates the joints for ease and smooth movement.
Synovial fluid has the following functions in the body:
- Lubricates the articular cartilage at the ends of the bones in the joint
- Supplies nutrients to the articular cartilage, or a thin layer of protective cartilage in the joints.
- Helps diagnose the cause of joint inflammation in the body – In joint diseases like arthritis, the synovium of the joint is the main place where inflammation occurs. But this isn’t the topic of our article.
The warm up before you being your running or any type of training ensures you get the synovial fluid flowing and lubricates the entire joint.
It is also important that you take your joints through their full range of motion so that the whole joins is lubricated.
This is one of the many important parts of your training as a runner to ensure your joints stay healthier for longer so you can run for longer.
One way to do this is through the full squat we perform at the beginning of each lesson.
The full squat takes the ankles, knee and hip through their full range of motion. It also moves, stretches and mobilises the spine, getting it ready for action.
You can use the full squat today, from our Wild Workout free exercise samples. Click here to start using the full squat now.