Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire – PAR-Q
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Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and increasingly 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 more physically active than
you are now, start by answering the six questions below. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, the PAR-Q will
tell you if you should check with your doctor before you start. Please read the questions carefully and answer each
one honestly by checking YES or NO
Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition or that you should only do
physical activity recommended by a doctor?
Do you feel pain in your chest when you do 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 physical activity?
Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or a heart condition?
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 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 to. 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 which are safe for you. Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow their advice.
If you answered NO
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 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 more active: •
If you are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as 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. 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 the PAR-Q:
Intelligent Fitness 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.
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