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Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Turns out swearing can help your muscle strength... sh

Turns out swearing can help your muscle strength... sh

But the benefits, known to anyone who has moved home, climbed a mountain, or pushed a broken-down auto, have finally been confirmed: according to psychologists, swearing makes you stronger.

Swearing makes you stronger and better able to handle pain, at least that's the finding of researchers in the UK.

"A possible reason for this is it stimulates the body's sympathetic nervous system - that is the system that makes your heart pound when you are in danger".

If you've ever lifted something unexpectedly heavy while uttering coarse expletives, you'll be happy to learn that psychologists have now shown that swearing aloud actually makes you a little bit stronger.

They concluded that swearing has a positive affect on strength after conducting two exercise experiments.

Two experiments were carried out - in the first, 29 volunteers tested their anaerobic power during short, intense bursts on an exercise bike. In a second experiment, 52 volunteers were asked to complete an isometric handgrip test, a physiological test done to increase arterial pressure. The highest power output from the exercise bike increased by an average of 24 watts by swearing, while the average hand grip strength increased by 2.1 kilograms.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. One group cycled for 30 seconds while yelling out all kinds of profanities while the others were only allowed to let out neutral words.

The study will be presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference, which takes place from May 3 to May 5.

Participants were encouraged to use a swear word they'd usually say if they whacked their head - and, naturally, f-k and s-t came out on top, according to the Independent. Other test subjects were asked to repeat more "neutral" words.

To build upon these findings, the researchers made a decision to investigate whether swearing would also boost physical performance during exercise.

The researchers noted that swearing did not haven an effect on the volunteer's heart rate, which suggests another reason for the sudden increase in strength.

Dr Stephens said: "It doesn't seem to be related to autonomic (fight or flight) arousal".

"It could be that it involves the pain relief effect we registered before".

One hypothesis is that, maybe, the emotional curse words serve as a form of an emotional distraction.

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