Here's One Way Women Are Fitter Than Men

A new study shows that female bodies are way better at consuming oxygen.

When it comes to fitness and dieting, there's a pervasive belief that men just have it better than women. They're biologically stronger, and they certainly seem to shed pounds a lot faster than women, just by cutting out a few carbs. But a new study from the University of Waterloo finally has some news that indicates genetics are, in some ways, on our side.

According to the study, which was published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, women process oxygen more quickly than men when they exercise, which means they're less likely to get muscle fatigue. The study compared the oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction of 18 men and women of similar weight and height during a treadmill exercise, and found that the women consistently handled their oxygen 30% faster than the men.

"The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men's bodies are more naturally athletic," Thomas Beltrame, the lead author of the study, said. "We found that women's muscles extract oxygen from the blood faster, which, scientifically speaking, indicates a superior aerobic system…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."

Yes, hooray to more good news!

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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