The 21st century is bringing about an increasing number of issues that we have never had to deal with before, for instance the rapid depletion of the world's natural resources and the growing amount of carbon emissions contributing towards the greenhouse effect has caused many changes in our day to day lives.
A quick glance at the TV schedule and it’s easy to see that obesity and other health issues are certainly becoming a serious problem too, with an array of what are essentially ‘freak show’ documentaries dominating prime time slots showing Britain’s movement towards an obese nation and cookery shows providing an insight into where we may be heading, it’s not surprising that many people are turning over a new leaf and opting for a healthier lifestyle. And while eating a healthy diet is a good start, it is inevitable that exercise is a necessity too.
So, as a result of becoming a health conscious nation people are starting to incorporate exercise into their daily routine, whether it’s going to the gym or taking part in a regular sporting activity. For those people who find exercise alone too much of a chore there’s no doubt that sport is more appealing, however playing sports doesn’t come without its perils and even more tame sports have their hazards. For example golf might not seem like it is particularly dangerous, but it is not uncommon for people to be hit by a golf ball. And since a UK court ruled that shouting ‘fore’ following a drive is not longer considered an acceptable defence it has never been easier to find yourself financially liable for some else’s medical bills or loss of earnings.
Then there is also the chance that you might injure yourself when playing sports. This can lead to you taking time off work that may then cause a significant loss of earnings, which, in such times of economic uncertainty is certainly less than desirable. Even when injuries are put to one side there is also the chance that you might have your equipment stolen, or it might get damaged or lost, and as any sporting fanatic will no doubt know, top end equipment for any sport can be extremely expensive. So covering yourself against such misfortune is a useful precaution to take, just remember Murphy’s Law - what can go wrong will go wrong. This may seem pessimistic but preparing for the worst often pays off.