In a surprise to no woman, a recent study found women have more stamina than men. (Cue 1990s stand-up comedy routine on men’s sexual performance shortcomings.)
While men may be stronger physically, the research journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found that women have significantly more muscle endurance than their male counterparts. This means that the women involved were much less tired after “natural, dynamic muscle exercises” than men of comparable age and athletic ability.
“We’ve known for some time that women are less fatigable than men during isometric muscle tests — static exercises where joints don’t move, such as holding a weight — but we wanted to find out if that’s true during more dynamic and practical everyday movements,” Assistant Professor Brian Dalton, one of the authors of the study, said in a news release. “And the answer is pretty definitive: Women can outlast men by a wide margin.”
Researchers conducted the experiment by having participants flex their foot against several sensors as fast as they could 200 times, measuring and recording the speed, power and torque of their movements, as well as the electrical activity of their muscles. Although only the calf muscle group was tested in this study, Dalton said that he would expect similar results with other parts of the body.
“We know from previous research that for events like ultra-trail running, males may complete them faster but females are considerably less tired by the end,” he added in the news release. “If ever an ultra-ultra-marathon is developed, women may well dominate in that arena.”
Not big on ultra-ultra marathons? These findings are still relevant for you, as they could be used to help design work environments that minimize fatigue and improve overall productivity. If this means the workplace of the future would leave you with more energy at the end of the day, that sounds like a win-win for everyone.