The next time you are in the gym and you hear someone shouting out profanities, you might just smile or egg them on because after reading this, you will understand why swearing during exercise should be encouraged.
Scientists recently made a wonderful revelation that uttering some profanities during exercise has a way of making one stronger. According to a study conducted by Dr Richard Stephens of Keele University, swearing makes people more tolerable to pain.
How Swearing During Exercise Makes You Stronger
D. Stephens and his team conducted two experiments. The first one involved 29 participants who were subjected to a short but intense workout on an exercise bike. The other test involved 52 participants who were required to grip a device designed to measure hand strength. In both cases, the participants did the tests before swearing and after swearing.
Results indicated that the group on the bikes produced 4.8% more pedal power when using foul language than when not. The other group displayed an increase of 8.2% in strength when strong language was used than when not.
“We know from our earlier research that swearing makes people more able to tolerate pain. A possible reason for this is that it stimulates the body’s sympathetic nervous system – that’s the system that makes you heart pound when you are in danger.
“If that is the reason, we would expect swearing to make people stronger too – and that is just what we found in these experiments.
“But when we measured heart rate and some other things you would expect to be affected if the sympathetic nervous system was responsible for this increase in strength, we did not find significant changes.
“So quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully,” Dr Stephens explained.
The study was revealed at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference.
So, next time you feel like giving up during exercise just utter a few obscenities.