Swear all you want - It's making you stronger!

If you're struggling in the gym you might want to consider letting out your frustration by shouting out some rude words. A surprising new study has shown that physical power is improved after swearing

If you're struggling in the gym you might want to consider letting out your frustration by shouting out some rude words. A surprising new study has shown that physical power is improved after swearing

And experts revealed participants in two separate experiments produced more strength and power if they had sworn before completing the exercises.

Test subjects were asked to swear before either hopping on an exercise bike for an intense 30-second session, or gripping a device created to measure hand strength.

Participants were found to be more powerful after saying a swear word than a neutral one: in the cycling test, 'on one measure of power in the first five seconds, it was a four percent increase in the swearing versus non-swearing group, then across the full 30 seconds it was about two percent increase, ' Stephens explained to Newsweek. Results were measured after both swearing and not swearing.

Presenting the results at the British Psychological Society meeting in Brighton, psychologist Richard Stephens said: "In the short period of time we looked at there are benefits from swearing. A possible reason for this is that it stimulates the body's sympathetic nervous system - that's the system that makes your heart pound when you are in danger", Richard Stephens from Keele University in England.

Absolutely not, because scientists have found that that swearing can actually make us stronger.

However, the exact cause of this connection remains unknown, according to the team.

The research follows a 2009 study, also by Stephens and Keele University, which found swearing can significantly increase pain tolerance.

Dr Stephens concluded that the reason why swearing has these effects on strength and tolerance toward pain remains to be discovered and they are yet to understand the power of swearing completely.

Swearing may give an extra boost to muscle strength and stamina to cyclists struggling to summon extra pedal power, new research has found.

In a surprising finding, increases in heart rate and other expected changes linked to the "fight or flight" response were not seen in the latest tests.

The volunteers were asked to use whatever swearwords they would use if, for example, they suffered a bang to the head.

But in these tests, the participants' heart rates didn't rise at all, suggesting that swearing didn't trigger any kind of fight-or-flight mode.

Allowing volunteers to choose their own swear words ensured the words meant something to them. Pain perception and pain relief are quite complex things. Swear words have a distracting effect. "Perhaps it's the emotional effect of the words that leads to the distraction, but this is just speculation at the moment".

"Swearing seems to be a form of emotional language".

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