Study: Swearing while you exercise could make you stronger

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A new study suggests that swearing at the gym could improve your workouts.

The Journal of Psychology of Sport and Exercise found that study subjects who cursed during a 30-second stationary bicycle test had a 4.6 percent increase in power. Those who yelled profanities during a grip strength test saw an 8.2 percent increase.

The increases in performance are because swearing is an effective distraction during difficult exercises, says David K. Spierer, a professor of sports sciences at Long Island University and co-author of the study.

“Cursing may allow people to shut down their inhibitions and somewhat veil the effort and the pain of this really difficult task,” he writes. “Using swearwords might be helpful in any circumstance where muscle strength and a sudden burst of force or speed is required.”