A recent study has found that women are actually better drivers (ahem, take that sexist jokes), and now new research suggests that when it comes to stamina, women outrank men – and by a pretty considerable margin.
The study from the University of Columbia asked seventeen participants – nine women and eight men – to flex one foot two hundred times as quickly as they possibly could.
The results showed that while the men appeared to be stronger and faster, they became fatigued a lot quicker than women.
One author of the study, Professor Brian Dalton, said: ‘We’ve known for some time that women are less fatigable than men during isometric muscle tests – static exercises where joints don’t move, such as holding a weight – but we wanted to find out if that’s true during more dynamic and practical everyday movements.
‘And the answer is pretty definitive: women can outlast men by a wide margin.’
He explained that while the test was only carried out using participants feet, the stamina theory applies to the whole body.
‘We know from previous research that for events like ultra-trail running, males may complete them faster but females are considerably less tired by the end,’ he continued.