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How much risk are you taking every day?

It is impossible to go through life without taking risks, but there are some activities that are riskier than others. Below are examples of common activities that can be very dangerous. Resources like your family doctor or your insurance provider can also help you identify sources of risk in your life. At times, your riskiest behaviours are the ones you don't give a second thought to, so be sure to consult a professional when it comes to your health.


Many people enjoy watching boxing matches on television, but some do not realize how dangerous this sport can be. A boxer has a 1 in 2200 chance of dying during a match. It is also estimated that nearly 17 percent of boxers suffer neurological damage because of the constant blows to the head.


There is an old adage that says, “Exercise can either kill you or save your life.” Most people who run every day greatly improve their health and cut their risk of dying. However, there have been cases reported of people who have suffered a sudden heart attack while running. A person has a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of dying while running.


Swimming is another great exercise. Not only does it offer a resistance workout, but it has also been named one of the safest exercises. Shark attacks and drowning can greatly increase a person’s chance of dying while swimming. Statistically, swimmers have a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of dying.

Scuba diving

Many scuba divers think that they are safe because they wear the necessary protective gear. Even if one wears protective gear, there is always the chance of something going wrong. People who scuba dive have approximately a 1 in 34,000 chance of dying while doing it.

Base jumping

Base jumping is by far one of the most dangerous activities. The chance of dying while base jumping is 1 in 60. Most base jumpers die because their parachute fails to open.


Most people have to drive to get where they need to go. The vast majority of drivers do not think about the chance of dying while behind the wheel. Statistically, the chances of dying in a car accident are 1 in 6700. Additionally, a person also has a 30 percent chance of being involved in a serious accident.

No one knows exactly how long they are going to live, but there is a small risk of dying associated with just about every activity. Many activities are more dangerous than most people think.

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