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Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl?

If you prefer burning the midnight oil to waking up at the crack of dawn, you might want to reconsider when you strength train.

In a small study, self-described early birds and night owls had the strength of their legs measured throughout the day. While leg strength measurements remained steady for the morning people, the evening people's leg strength peaked in the evening — the night owls' central nervous systems were primed and ready for action around 9 p.m. Researchers suggest that if early morning workouts are a struggle for you, try working out later in the day. When it comes to feeling your strongest, where do you stand?

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