It's no secret that men are built differently that women and are oftentimes physically stronger. However, science suggesting women have greater muscle endurance than men could level the playing field once and for all, according to a new study recently published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
When study researchers asked eight men and nine women of similar age and fitness levels to perform a foot-flexing exercise that engages the muscles in the back of the leg used for everyday tasks like standing and walking, the guys were only faster and more powerful at first.
Turns out they tired out faster than the ladies, which makes sense, since women tend to feel less tired than men after endurance activities like ultra-trail running (even though men tend to finish faster).
Although this new study was small, excluded transgender participants, and only tested one isolated muscle groups in the two genders it did include, the findings suggest "women can outlast men by a wide margin," said study author Brian Dalton, assistant professor at University of British Columbia Okanagan's School of Health and Exercise Sciences, in a press release. "Both sexes have valuable physical abilities."
See that? We're all winners!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.