It doesn't matter if you're just getting in shape or you're a certified gym rat, working out is supposed to be a bit of a challenge. With every workout, you push yourself harder in order to get the results you want.
If you're one of those people who finds themselves cursing a lot while you're working out, this study is about to be validating as f*ck.
According to a recent study conducted by Richard Stephens of Keele University in the United Kingdom, letting out those swear words while you exercise might actually do you a lot of good.
Stephens' small study posits two different but similar theories. One coming to the conclusion that swearing while exercising helps with pain tolerance, allowing you to work out a little longer and harder than before, and the other stating that the effects come from the lowering of inhibitions associated with swearing.
A few years ago, Richard Stephens' team conducted a study in which they examined the effects swearing had on pain management. The current exercise-based experiment is a extremely similar.
In this study, two separate groups of participants were were asked to exercise while saying either a swear word or a neutral word. In the end, the researchers noticed that the participants who said the swear word as opposed to the neutral word were stronger.
Their initial hypothesis centered around the fight or flight model, hoping that swearing during exercise would trigger the body's natural fight or flight response, which would in turn, increase the performance.
The end results, however, didn't quite line up with this theory. The participants showed no physical signs that would be associated with fight or flight responses, leading the researchers to conclude that some other function must be the cause. While they aren't sure what that function is just yet, they don't seem to plan on stopping the experiment until they find out.
For now, the study is still under peer review, and we imagine there will be many more rounds of rigorous testing. In the mean time, for what it's worth, we totally think they're onto something.