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WOMAN POWER

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Men may be stronger physically, but women have the edge when it comes to muscle endurance, by quite a distance – that’s the finding of a new Canadian study. Researchers found that the ‘fairer of the sexes’ (pah!) are considerably less exhausted than men of similar age and athletic ability after working their muscles. Scientists already knew that women get less fatigued during static exercises, such as holding a weight, but this research looked at more dynamic movements and, as the lead researcher said, ‘The answer is pretty definitive: women can outlast men by a wide margin’. Boom! Men and women flexed their feet against sensors as quickly as they could 200 times, and the speed, power and torque of their movements and electrical activity of their muscles was captured. Men were faster and more powerful at first, but got worn out faster than women. So, if you want a 2018 fitness challenge, an endurance event might play to your strengths!

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Celebrate a more meaningful Christmas this year with our special Christmas issue of Healthy. Inside you'll find ways to enjoy the big day that are more conscious, stress-free and will make you feel happier. We have recipes for a vegetarian Christmas feast so delicious that everyone will want some! Our beauty section will get you looking your party best - naturally! Plus, how to spot if you're stressed, give up alcohol for a month, and ways to help you manage arthritis. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!
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