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Oh Fudge! Swearing During a Workout May Actually Make You Stronger

New research shows that adding a few choice cuss words to your workout can boost your performance by as much as 8 percent, depending on the workout. According to Today, this mind-body connection may simply be a distraction, as heart rates didn’t change in the experiment, or swearing may give some people positive feelings that allow them to work harder.

Whether you feel like cussing or not — some people use grunts to give them that extra boost — imagery is the natural language of your brain, which is in part why visualization and guided imagery exercises are so powerful for changing thoughts and behavior. Most successful people, be it actors, business people or athletes, have learned either through instinct or training to use their imaginations on purpose — and you can, too.

On the flip side, once you get into it, the actual workout may give you more strength through the ananamide produced in your brain by exercise. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss compound,” and it increases during and following exercise, leading scientists to believe it may be partly responsible for why exercise makes you happy. 

Exercise has still more benefits for your brain. It activates feelings such as excitement and enthusiasm, as well as more positive feelings on non-exercise days. It’s also one of the most effective prevention and treatment strategies for depression.

What you have here is a whole list of reasons beyond the obvious to get active. A common reason people fail in their exercise goals is feeling lack of an immediate payoff in the form of pounds lost or strength gained. But if you concentrate on the good feelings that exercise gives you — adding a few cuss words if that’s what keeps you going — the long-term physical benefits will come about sooner than you think.
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