That feel-good ripple effect of exercise lasts a full 48 hours post-gym, research in the journal Personality and Individual Differences suggests. Exercisers in the study reported more positive social events – like great convos with friends and happy hours with coworkers – even two days after their workouts. You can thank the lingering good mood you get from ﬁtness for making you more likely to reach out to others, the study authors explain. The longer you work out each day or the more social you make it (like running with a buddy), the more you’ll feel the love.
That’s a four-letter word for more muscle power. Exercisers in a study at Keele University in England, who cursed through their 30-second sprint on a stationary bike, increased their power by up to four per cent, and those in a 10-second hand-grip test had an eight per cent boost in grip strength.
“Swearing makes people able to tolerate more pain, possibly because they are distracted from exercise or they feel less uptight, which allows them to let loose and push through,” says lead researcher Richard Stephens. No matter what your sport, swearing silently can help pump up your performance.
An emoji celebrating your fitness success is worth a thousand words – 36 per cent of people aged 18 to 34 told a Harris poll that such visual expressions nailed their feelings better than words. These fitness emoji top our twitter feed.