A recent study published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism suggests that women have greater muscle endurance than men.
The study was small—it put eight men and nine women to the test with plantar flexion exercises (translation: the movement used in calf raises or to point your foot). They found that, while the men were faster and more powerful at first, they became fatigued much faster than the women.
Even though it was a small study (both in terms of the number of participants and the muscle group studied), the authors say that the yay-women results translate on a wider scale.
"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," said Brian Dalton, Ph.D., one of the study authors and an assistant professor in the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia, in a release. "If ever an ultra-ultra-marathon is developed, women may well dominate in that arena."
Raise your hand if you're not surprised. (Same.) Just look at these badass women who've crushed insane physical feats: the woman who mountain biked Mt. Kilimanjaro, the one who broke not one but two records by summiting Mt. Everest, one woman who continues to attempt one of the hardest ultramarathon races in the world, a woman who broke a world record for adventuring all around the work, and one who ran 775 miles through the desert. Don't forget American Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff, fearless rock climber Bonita Norris, or the cliff diver who just plunged 66 feet into a pool during the solar eclipse.
So excuse us for not being surprised to learn that women do indeed run the world. And God forbid they hurt themselves in doing so? They can take themselves straight to a female doctor, because female doctors are even better at healing patients than male doctors are.