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Today in #girlpower news, study says women might be more naturally fit than men


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Do you hear that? It’s the glorious sound of stereotypes shattering everywhere. According to new and totally scientific research, ladies might be more naturally fit than men. (Sincerest apologies, gym bros.)

In the study published in the journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, researchers found women are able to process oxygen faster than men when they start to exercise, which not only places less strain on the body’s cells, but it also 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.” —Thomas Beltrame, PhD

“The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” said Thomas Beltrame, PhD, lead study author, in a press release. “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.”

While this study might help empower more women to regard themselves as the powerful goddesses they are (and get men onboard with the sentiment too), what exactly does it mean for you on a personal level?

Women process oxygen quicker, which means they’re less likely to build up the molecules that play a role in muscle fatigue, effort perception, and poor athletic performance.

Well, aside from walking around the gym with even more confidence, in light of your newfound knowledge, being able to process oxygen quicker means you’re less likely to build up the molecules that play a role in muscle fatigue, effort perception, and poor athletic performance. So get in that weight room and show those boys who’s boss, you gym warrior, you.

This running playlist will power you through your first mile. Also, this is how alcohol affects your athletic performance.