Womenfolk may have an aerobic edge over men, especially when it comes to getting and staying fit, according to new research findings.
An update from Heath Day says investigators who conducted a new study were able to successfully compare oxygen uptake and muscle oxygen extraction in 18 young men and women while they worked out on a treadmill.
According to the researchers, oxygen uptake is an important measure of aerobic fitness, and women regularly processed it about 30 percent faster than men.
“The findings from researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” Thomas Beltrame, the study author and academic, said in a university news release.
Another researcher, Richard Hughson, who also took part in the study, described his experience in another way.
“We found that women’s muscles extract oxygen from the blood faster, which, scientifically speaking, indicates a superior aerobic system,” said Richard, a professor with the faculty of applied health sciences at Waterloo who is also an expert in vascular aging and brain health.
The researchers explained that because women process oxygen faster, they are less likely to accumulate molecules linked with muscle fatigue, effort perception and poor athletic performance.
Details of these findings were published recently in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
Beltrame added in his statements that this study stirs up conventional wisdom since it remains a mystery why women have faster oxygen uptake.
“It could bring significant changes in the way we approach assessment and athletic training down the road,” he said.