Are You Ready for Physical Activity?

Before you begin a physical activity program or substantially increase your level of activity, answer the following questions. This Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) will help determine your ability to begin an exercise routine or program.

If you are over age 69, speak with your doctor before beginning a physical activity program.

If you are age 18 to 69, the PAR-Q can help you decide if you should check with your doctor before beginning a physical activity program.

Ask yourself the following questions:

If you answered NO to all the PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can exercise safely and have a low risk of having any medical complications from exercise. It is still important to start slowly and increase gradually. It may also be helpful to have a fitness assessment with a personal trainer or coach in order to determine where to begin.

If you answered YES to any of these and it is recommended that you consult a physician before substantially increasing your physical activity. Ask for medical clearance along with information about specific exercise limitations you may have. In most cases, you will still be able to do any type of activity you want as long as you adhere to some guidelines.

Postpone your physical activity if you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as a cold or fever. If you are or may be pregnant, speak with your doctor before you start becoming more physically active.

The PAR-Q is representative of the standards of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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