Swearing at the Gym During a Workout Yields Better Results, According to Study

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You see all walks of life when you walk into a gym. There are men who think they are amateur weightlifters, you have people who sweat profusely and you have the people who simply walk around the gym and stare at their phones instead of actually working out. Though everyone is different, they’re all after one goal — a healthier lifestyle.

In an odd study, the UK’s Keele University and Long Island University Brooklyn teamed up to determine if swearing while lifting weights gives you a better workout.

“Swearing appears to be able to bring about improvements in physical performance that may not be solely dependent on a stress response arising out of the shock value of the swearing,” Richard Stephens, the co-author of the study, wrote in a statement.

“We know that swearing appears to be handled in brain regions not usually associated with language processing. It is possible that activation of these areas by swearing could produce performance improvements across many different domains.”

One particular test yielded exceptional results when they asked for cyclists to hop on their stationary bikes and swear for 30 seconds. When swearing, the researchers found the group preformed better than the group that did not.

Ironically, there was nearly a 5 percent increase in the workout, LADBible reported. But why does swearing seems to give us a better workout? Well, according to the researchers, it activates our “flight or fight” response.

“What is clear is that swearing triggers not only an emotional response but a physical one, too, which may explain why the centuries-old practice of cursing developed and still persists today,” the researchers wrote in their study.

“Swearing increased pain tolerance, increased heart rate and decreased perceived pain compared with not swearing. However, swearing did not increase pain tolerance in males with a tendency to catastrophise,” they concluded.

Great, now the gym is going to be filled with foul-mouthed exercisers for the foreseeable future.