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"A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World..." - John Locke (1632-1704), British philosopher. Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693).MANILA, Philippines - Mens sana in corpore sano dates back to Juvenal (90 AD) and everyone knows that it means "a sound mind in a healthy body". It is the prescription of the ages. Is 2011 is a new opportunity to achieve this ideal? That's up to you.

To have a "sound mind" is in many ways an intellectual, philosophical, sometimes a religious issue. We won't get into that because it is booby-trapped with bias and emotion. However, a "sound body" is less debatable. This is something we can agree on.Components of physical fitness. Sports medicine experts have identified four key areas, all measurable, that comprise physical fitness. These are:Cardio-vascular health.Muscle strength.Muscle endurance.Joint flexibility.Cardio-vascular health is the condition of the circulatory system - the heart (the pump) and its vast network of blood vessels (the tubes). Closely related to the circulatory system is the respiratory. As cardiovascular health improves through regular exercise, the lungs are able to develop a greater and better capacity to transport oxygen and nutrients to the body. Muscle strength refers to how much a person can lift, say a set of barbells while muscle endurance will measure how many times or repetitions this can be done. Finally, joint flexibility is the ability to move joints in its full range of motion with or without resistance. For example, the normal range of motion for the shoulder (beginning with the hand at the side then raising it above the head with the inside of the arm touching the ear) is easily from 0 to 180 degrees.Are you in shape? Even without the numbers, it's easy to find out by just asking three questions, according to the Mayo Clinic experts:Can you perform daily tasks without fatigue and still have energy for leisure pursuits? …

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