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(Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire)

A questionnaire for people aged 15-69

Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and increasingly more people are starting to become more active everyday. 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 more physically active than you are now, start by answering the seven questions in the box below. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will tell you if you should 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. Check Yes or No.

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 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 which kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow his/her advice.

  • Find out which community programs are safe and helpful for you.

NO to all 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 appraisal – this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the best way to live actively.

NO to all questions BUT Delay becoming much more active

  • If you are not feeling well because of temporary illness such as a cold or fever wait until you feel better; or

  • If you are or may become pregnant talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active.

Please note: if your health changes so that you then answer YES to any of the above questions, tell your fitness or health professional. Ask whether you should change your physical activity plan.

Informed use of PAR-Q: The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Karen Lathigee-Blank, The Whole Approach, and their agents assume no liability for persons who undertake physical activity, and if in doubt after completing this questionnaire, consult your doctor prior to physical activity.

Source: Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology