Good news gals, we’ve (apparently) got more stamina than blokes.
According to a new study recently published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, while men are often physically stronger than women, women might well have more stamina than men. Which probably won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has seen a woman go through labour.
Now, to be fair, it’s a very small study so we can’t speak in absolutes, but it’s certainly an interesting piece of research.
Researchers asked eight men and nine women of similar age and fitness levels to perform a foot-flexing exercise that engaged muscles in the back of their legs.
The guys were faster and more powerful at first, but not all the way through. Apparently they tired out faster than the ladies, which makes sense, since women tend to feel less tired than men after endurance activities.
As we said, it’s a small study and not exactly comprehensive, but it does seem to suggest that women have better stamina. Or possibly that the men started too hard and burnt themselves out whereas the women took things more steadily and methodically.
According to the study’s author Brian Dalton, who is an assistant professor at University of British Columbia Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, the findings suggest ‘women can outlast men by a wide margin’. But don’t worry boys. Brian goes on to add: ‘Both sexes have valuable physical abilities.’
Basically, you’re both great.