In the game of basketball, a good defense is the best offense against unexpected setbacks. In life, as the world fights against the COVID-19 virus, we realize that good health is something we should never take for granted.

AXA, one of the country’s leading insurance providers and the official insurance partner of the NBA in the Philippines, shares seven simple but effective defense tactics to help you with your game plan on staying physically and mentally strong, not just during the lockdown but also after the quarantine is over.

Eat healthily.

What you eat is closely linked to your health. Avoid getting sick by maintaining a balanced diet composed of protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. By making the right food choices, you are protecting yourself from possible health conditions such as diabetes, heart attack, cancer, or stroke.

Exercise regularly.

Even off the court, you can still follow an at-home workout routine. Jump rope, do squats and lunges, push-ups, and stretches. Exercising regularly boosts your energy, maintains a healthy weight, and defends you against diseases.

Take vitamin supplements.

There are occasions when people don’t get the right amount of nutrients from food alone.

To fill the nutritional gap, drink the proper dietary supplements tailored to your body’s needs, which include omega-3, zinc, folic acid, and more.

Check out health and life insurance options.

Every now and then, people still get seriously sick despite living a healthy lifestyle. One of the best ways to prepare for this is to get health and life insurance.

Take advantage of the lockdown time to research on various health and life insurance products according to your needs. Consider AXA Health Start, which provides coverage for the top three illnesses — cancer, heart attack, and stroke — and their select early-stage conditions at an affordable price.

Avoid vices.

Smoking and excessive alcohol drinking are harmful habits that may cause your health to quickly deteriorate, which may lead to death. Smoking can lead to emphysema or pulmonary diseases while too much drinking can damage your liver. The sooner you quit, the better.

Stay hydrated.

man drinking water
man drinking water

Drinking more than eight glasses of water is essential to one’s health. It can help control calorie intake, energize the muscles, keep skin hydrated and young, and flush toxins out of the body.

Take a breather.

meditateLiving healthy is more than just diet and exercise; one shouldn’t forget about mental health, too. One of the best exercises to stay mentally fit is meditation or even taking deep breaths.

For beginners, sit or lie comfortably, close your eyes, and focus your attention on your breathing and how the body moves with every inhale and exhale. If your mind wanders, work on bringing your focus back to your breathing.

Now more than ever, it is important to have a game plan to stay healthy. Be physically and mentally fit by following these simple tips from AXA Philippines. For more information on AXA, visit www.axa.com.ph.

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By Penny Tan

Penny wears many hats. She is an educator, writer, editor, blogger, social media manager, web developer, and enthusiastic home baker and cook. As an educator, she teaches multimedia and web development at both the senior high and college level. On the side, she writes and edits textbooks, writes AVP scripts, manages clients’ social media accounts, designs websites for clients, and writes on her lifestyle blogs about family, health, pets, and cooking. At home she is the resident “chef” and enjoys trying out simple to complicated recipes every day for her family to enjoy from available ingredients – baked, fried, steamed, stewed, grilled, broiled – she likes to do them all. Making dishes from scratch is something she loves to do. She also likes experimenting and creating new dishes by building on ready-to-eat dishes that can be bought at supermarkets and groceries.

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