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How to avoid the 3Ds: depression, disease and death!

How to avoid the 3Ds: depression, disease and death!

Avoiding the ‘three D’s’ (depression, disease and death) is something to which we can all aspire. As we don’t have the fabled Philosopher’s Stone, we can’t totally avoid death – but we can work to postpone it as long as possible. The key to good health is movement.

The human body is made to move around, run about and be active. There’s no need to go totally back to caveman times – after all, life expectancy then was about 35 years.

What we need to do is to cherry-pick the important things that our bodies need. In conjunction with modern medicine and modern comforts, we can use that to make the very best of ourselves.

Here are three ways to move more and fend off those three Ds:


Our upright form gives us the use of hands and arms while we are moving around. That’s a big evolutionary advantage, but it needs to be used with care. Whatever the object, make sure that you carry it correctly.


Too much sitting is definitely not in the homo sapiens design specification. There is even evidence that too much time sitting can age you faster.


With days spent chained to the desk or the steering wheel, we need to be creative to fit in exercise. Even if you don’t get a chance for a gym visit or a run, there’s still plenty to be done.  Use the stairs rather than the lift. Pick a space at the far end of the car park. If you use the bus, get off a stop or two earlier.

Moving more can mean better mental health, better physical health and a longer life. Who would not want all three of those? With exercise, daylight and the right food, the three D’s are much more likely to be kept at bay.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.