Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire

(PAR-Q)


A Questionnaire for People Aged 16 to 69

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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.

Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly: YES or NO.

Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
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Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
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Have you ever suffered from unusual shortness of breath at rest or with mild exertion?
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In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
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Do you ever feel faint, lose consciousness, or do you ever lose your balance because of dizziness?
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Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip pain, or a condition like arthritis) that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
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Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or heart condition?
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Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for any other condition which may affect your ability to exercise?
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Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?
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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 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 to all of the questions:

If you answered NO honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can:
  • Start becoming much more physically active – begin slowly and build up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go.
  • Take part in a fitness assessment – this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way for you to live an active lifestyle. It is also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure checked. If your reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more active.

PLEASE NOTE:

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:
  • If you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as a cold or a fever – wait until you feel better; or
  • If you are, or may be pregnant – talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active


I am above the age of 18
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