Some men consider themselves physically and genetically superior when it comes to competing with women in physical tasks. This can be contradicting to the real facts. Recent studies have shown women can actually beat men in more physical tasks than we could have imagined.
Read this article with all your attention since you might need to bring up some points the next time some guy talks about men being physically fitter than their counterparts. Oh, and did we mention you might learn about some of your superpowers you didn’t know existed.
1. Better Flexibility Than Men
Flexibility is one factor where women score over men when it comes to overall fitness. This is due to the fact women usually have less muscle mass than men and hence joints have better mobility and range of motion.
Women should use this to their advantage and engage in routines like stretching and yoga. This can help you keep your body in perfect shape as flexibility improves the flow of blood to different parts of the body.
This can prove to be a game-changer since blood carries all the nutrients you consume to your muscles. If you have an underdeveloped muscle group, it is suggested you stretch it out regularly so all the nutrients you consume can reach to it through the proper flow of blood to the muscle.
2. Delayed Fatigue
While men might be physically stronger than women, i.e., they might be able to lift heavier weights than their counterparts, but according to a study, women’s muscles tend to be more resistant to fatigue than men’s, which means they can perform at the same relative intensity for a longer duration.
For example, a girl might not be able to bench press as much as a guy, but if you ask them both to perform a contraction at 100% of their maximum strength and sustain it as long as they can, the girl should be able to outperform him.
In other tests, women have been able to hold isometric contractions (think to make a fist or to flex a bicep) for longer durations than men, when performed at the same percentage of their maximum strength.
3. Burn More Fat and Fewer Carbohydrates During Exercise
Hold tight, this might be painful for all the men trying to lose weight reading this. Women have a natural tendency to burn more fat and fewer carbohydrates during exercise as compared to their male counterparts.
Since women burn fewer carbohydrates during workouts, this enables them to work out for longer durations as compared to men. On the other hand, it’s easier for women to lose fat during sustained exercises.
But since women have smaller hearts, lungs, and more body fat than men, it can be harder for them to compete with guys in intense cardiovascular exercises like running, hypertrophy weight lifting, etc. Now you know the secret of the woman who’s always on the treadmill.
4. Estrogen Production
Estrogen is the main female sex hormone naturally produced in women. Estrogen provides an advanced cardiovascular protection to women. Younger women rarely suffer from heart attacks or strokes, and the reason is attributed to their higher estrogen levels.
Estrogen offers cardiovascular protection in several ways. For one thing, it aides the synthesis and release of nitric oxide. NO maintains vascular flexibility, which is important because stiff blood vessels are linked to atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.
Estrogen also acts as a potent antioxidant, preventing the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is the cornerstone of cardiovascular disease. At the same time, estrogen boosts levels of protective high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol.