For all the potty-mouth people out there who curse their way through tough workouts, keep on letting those F-bombs fly. Because according to psychologists, swearing makes you stronger!
The benefits of letting the profanities fly was proven in a series of experiments with people who repeated a swear word or a neutral word while they pedaled away on an exercise bike or did a hand-grip test. And the people who cursed on the bike challenge boosted their peak power by 24 watts, while the swearers doing the grip test had their strength increase by more than four and a half pounds (4.629).
“We’re not telling people something they don’t already know, but we’re verifying that in a systematic and objective way,” explains researcher Richard Stephens. “I think people instinctively reach for swear words when they hurt themselves and when they’re looking for an extra boost in performance.”
So if you’re naturally inclined to shout out some four-letter words while you’re pushing through your sweat sesh, don’t stop now. Research shows that could be the edge you need to reach your fitness goals.