PAR-Q ACTIVITY READINESS QUESTIONNAIRE

Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and more people are starting to become more active every day. Being more active is very safe for most people. However, some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. 

If you are planning to become much mroe physically active than you are no, start by answerings the 7 questions in the form below. If you are between the ages of 15 & 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if youshould check with your doctor before you start. If you are over 69 years of age and you are not used to being very active, checkwith your doctor. 

Common sense is your best guide when you answer these questions. Please read questions carefully and answer each on honestly. Remember this is a judgement-free zone! We're here to help!

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Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
Do you lose your balance because of dizziness, or do you ever lose consciousness?
Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
(For example hip, knee, or back)
Is you doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or heart condition?
(For example water pills)
Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
If you answered YES to one or more questions:
Talk with your doctor by phone or in person BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and to which questions you answered YES.
Additional Recommendations:
1. You may be able to do any activity you want- as long as you start slowly and build up gradually. Or, you may need to restrict your activities to those that are safe for you. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow his/her advice. 2. Find out which community programs are safe and helpful to you.
If you answered NO to all of the questions:
If you answered NO to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can: 1. Start becoming much more physically active- begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go. 2. Take part in a fitness appraisal- this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way for you to live actively. It is also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure evaluated. If your reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more physically active.
DELAY becoming much more active if:
1. You are not feeling well because of temporary illness such as a cold or fever- wait until you feel better; or 2. You are or may be pregnant- talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active.