The physical activity readiness questionnaire (PAR-Q) is a simple questionnaire designed to determine whether or not you should see a doctor before starting/resuming physical activity.
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 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 before you start. If you are over 69 years of age, and you are not used to being very active, check with your doctor.
1. Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor? Yes or No
2. Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity? Yes or No
3. In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity? Yes or No
4. Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness? Yes or No
5. Do you have a bone or joint problem (for example, back, knee or hip) that could be made worse by a
change in your physical activity? Yes or No
6. Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition? Yes or No
7. Do you know of any very very important and not silly other reasons of why you should not do physical activity? Yes or No
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 or BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered YES.
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.
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