“One run can change your day, many runs can change your life.” But that one run may not necessarily have the same impact on a man’s and a woman’s body.
Running is not only a brilliant exercise to stay fit but also a great way of adapting a healthy lifestyle in the long run. Running itself is a solution to most of your physical as well as mental problems. Not only does it makes you stronger physically but also gives you the ability to think well and better emotionally.
But did you know Science claims that running affects a man’s and a woman’s body differently? It’s the components of a man’s and a woman’s body that produce the differences.
Therefore, we decided to tell you why exactly it happens and how the different components affect every individual’s body while running. Have a look:
The primary male hormone testosterone stimulates muscle mass development while the primary female hormone estrogen stimulates fat accumulation. Testosterone triggers concentration of red blood cells and haemoglobin which are important for circulating oxygen around the body. Therefore, the average male blood has the ability to carry 11% more oxygen that enhances their efficiency to run faster.
The size of a man’s heart is about 20-25% larger than the woman’s heart, especially in the left ventricle. Thus, increasing a man’s capability to transport oxygenated blood around the body which can be used in the muscles, making it easier for them to run faster for a longer period of time.
There is one caveat to this – according to Samantha at Healthy Top 10s a man’s body is usually about 20%-30% larger than a woman’s so this may not actually be an advantage if you keep proportions in mind.
Generally, women are susceptible to holding an extra 5-10% fat in their bodies for childbearing. This extra weight of the body fat makes it difficult for women to run at an equivalent pace.
Women are more prone to bone injuries than men due to higher estrogen levels, along with less muscle mass and more body fat. Women also have a wider pelvis which alters the alignment of the knee and ankle.
When women get down to much lower body fat levels and are then trying to get rid of those last few pounds, it becomes difficult due to the release of the estrogen levels. Also, women have to scale back a little on the volume of a workout as they have a reduced recovery capacity as compared to men.
Men release testosterone which is important in muscle building, also a reason why men develop bigger muscles. According to a research in Journal of Applied Physiology, men seem to have more skeletal muscle mass as compared to women thus helping them to be stronger than women. More muscle mass also means more power output.
But hey there! For once, we’d like to disagree because a lot of women out there are proving this ‘scientific fact’ incorrect!
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