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New study suggests women may be more naturally fit than men

5th December 2017

A new study has indicated that women may be more naturally fit than men, a finding that challenges current conventional assumptions.

The University of Waterloo research compared oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction between 18 young men and women of a similar age and weight during exercise sessions on a treadmill.

It was found that women consistently outperformed men, with their bodies processing oxygen 30 percent more quickly than the males when they started to exercise. This suggests a superior aerobic system.

By processing oxygen faster, women are less likely to accumulate molecules linked with muscle fatigue, effort perception and poor athletic performance – a discovery that contradicts the popular assumption that men's bodies are more naturally athletic.

Study leader Thomas Beltrame said: "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."

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