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 increase their activity levels.
If you are planning to become much more physically active than you are now, start by
answering the seven questions in the box below. If you are between the ages of 16 and
69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. If you are over 69 years of age and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor.
Common sense is your best guide when you answer these questions.
Talk with your doctor by phone or in person BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active and BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and mention which questions you answered YES. 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.
If you answered NO honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can:
If your health changes so that you then answer YES to any of the above questions, let me know immediately. Ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.
You should DELAY making changes in your activity levels: