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New Study Finds that Women are Naturally More Fit Than Men

posted: 12/12/17
by: Amanda Mushro

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Ladies, if your New Year's resolution is to get fit in the New Year, here's an interesting study that might help motivate you when you start hitting the treadmill at the gym.

According to a new study, women are naturally more fit than men. Researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada examined nine women and nine men--all between the ages of 18-30 year olds and who were of similar body mass index--to see which gender would come out on top when it came to key fitness factors. What they found was during workouts, female bodies process oxygen faster than male, which is considered a key indicator of aerobic fitness. By processing oxygen faster, women are less likely to have muscle fatigue so they can be active for longer periods.

For the study, participants started with a warmup on the treadmill, and then were asked to walk while the speeds and inclines were increased. Researchers noted when participants reached 80% of their maximum heart rate and were also given a face mask to measure how much oxygen they used and how much carbon dioxide they produced. What researchers found was that women consistently outperformed men with around 30 percent faster oxygen handling throughout their body.

"The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men's bodies are more naturally athletic," said Thomas Beltrame, lead author on the study. "While we don't know why women have faster oxygen uptake, this study shakes up conventional wisdom. It could change the way we approach assessment and athletic training down the road."

Researchers say they hope the findings of the study will help create fitness programs that are better suited for women and men. So go ahead and grab your workout gear and hit the gym, ladies because you are going to rock your workout.