Swearing Can Actually Make You Stronger

Scientists conducted two experiments. In the first, 29 participants completed a test of anaerobic power – after both swearing and not swearing. In the second, 52 participants completed an isometric handgrip test, again after both swearing and not swearing. The results showed that the participants produced more power if they had sworn in the first experiment and a stronger handgrip if they had sworn in the second.

Swearing Can Actually Make You Stronger
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Swearing during exercise boosts physical performance during exercise. A good swear session can cure just about anything. At the other hand, it also makes you stronger. Scientists at the Keele University, UK have discovered swearing while exercising makes you stronger.

Scientists conducted two experiments where they tested 29 volunteers in the first one. They tested participants’ anaerobic power during short, intense bursts on an exercise bike. Later on, they asked participants to pick two words they might use when accidentally hitting their head, and a neutral word they might use to describe a table.

During experiments, participants were asked to use an exercise bike or to perform a hand grip test. One bike run was completed with the swear words while another one with the neutral words.

There are the cyclists rose that producing peak power by 24 watts on average when foul language was used. Scientists found that whenever participants used swear words, they were more likely to show more power.

In the 2nd experiment, they involved 52 different volunteers and asked to run through an isometric hand test. As in the first experiment, they had to choose the use curse word, and then their choice of neutral word.

Again, scientists found that using swearing words, performance was boosted by the equivalent of 2.1 kilograms (4.6 pounds) on average.

Stephens said, “Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered.”

During the test, heart rate did not show significant changes whether people were swearing or not swearing. The study used a relatively small sample size and has yet to be a peer-reviewed journal.

Dr Richard Scientists said, “We have yet to fully understand the reactions that swearing kicks off in the body, but more and more, scientists are looking into it.”