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President Aquino vows to exercise more in new year

MANILA, December 30, 2010 (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Thursday he plans to begin a regular exercise schedule as his New Year resolution – providing he can find the energy.

Aquino, a chubby, 50-year-old bachelor, told reporters he would be taking up biking in 2011 in hopes that it will help him perform his official duties better.

“If there is a way to increase my output, hopefully I can find the energy to do that thing. To that extent, I will begin a regular exercise regimen. I’m taking up biking,” he said.

Before becoming president, Aquino was an active participant in shooting sports but was also known to go out in late night drinking sessions with friends.

His election in May has complicated his private life, with Aquino already breaking up with his old girlfriend just months ago.

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