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Although it is of general knowledge that males are naturally fitter than females due to how they are physically built, a new study has found that one key internal factor of fitness is dominated by women’s ability of processing oxygen quicker than men.
The study which was published in the journal, Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolosim was conducted by a Canadian university on eighteen participants between the ages on 18-30 years old. They took part in physical activity of high endurance which led to them reaching up to 80% of their maximum heart rate. Face masks measured how much oxygen they used and how much carbon dioxide they produced.
The researchers found that women’s oxygen levels adjusted to exercise after around 30 seconds, while men took 42 seconds to adjust. This translates to a 30% faster rate of oxygen processing, and a clear advantage when it comes to physical efficiency for women. The researchers also found that the female athletes were better at transporting oxygen to tissues throughout their bodies, as well as the tissues being better at using the extra oxygen supplied.
Whilst men are inherently stronger and faster than women, proven by world record times in races and weight-lifting competitions. The results of this study mean that men can no longer say they are the fittest gender.