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Why you should go ahead and drop that f-bomb during your workout

Photo: Ryan McGuire/IM Creator
Photo: Ryan McGuire/IM Creator

Your instructor tells you to sprint through resistance, bear crawl, double-time, do 10 more, or pulse even lower—and despite your immediate reaction, you somehow manage to keep your favorite four-letter word under your breath. Sound familiar?

But new literature says it’s okay to go ahead and drop that F-bomb, New York magazine reports.

Yes, it’s kind of socially unacceptable. And yes, it could maybe get you fired, depending on your workplace. You probably shouldn’t do it around your kids or at the dinner table when your in-laws are in town.

Still, swearing can feel really good and, according to a 2011 study, it can yield better results when working against a pain threshold. The study had two groups of participants dip their hands into freezing water. One group was allowed to repeat their curse of choice, and the other was not. The profanity-happy group was able to keep their hands in the ice water for a longer period of time.

Replace that ice water with burpees, and we’re f-ing ready to go! (Oh and, uh, everything in moderation.)

Another thing that helps workouts that you wouldn’t expect: taking a break from your data feed. Turns out mixing it up and focusing on fun spurs progress.