Women have more stamina and better endurance than men, scientists have found.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada found that men are bigger and more powerful but women outlast them in the most gruelling tasks.
Scientists discovered a man’s strength decreased 15 per cent more than a woman’s after repeating an exercise 200 times, according to the findings which were published in the medical journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.
Brian Dalton, a professor of neurophysiology at the university, said that men became more exhausted than women of similar age and athletic ability after carrying out natural, dynamic muscle exercises.
Referencing reality TV shows such as US series Survivor, he said: “When they have these endurance competitions, it is usually the females that are lasting longer.”
Prof Dalton asked participants to do calf raises and found that power recordings for the men fell by 15 per cent more than the women after 200 repetitions.
He added: “The answer is pretty definitive: women can outlast men by a wide margin. When we extend the paradigm to a large number of contractions, like 200, that is when we start to see differences.”
The study involved nine women and eight men and recorded their speed, power, torque and electrical activity of their muscles while they flexed their foot against a suite of sensors as quickly as they could.
Mr Dalton said men were faster and more powerful to begin with but became more fatigued quicker than women.