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Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

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  • A Questionnaire for People Aged 15 to 69Regular physical activity is fun and healthy, and many people are becoming 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 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, thePAR-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: check YES or NO.
  • 1) Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?
  • 2) Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?
  • 3) In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?
  • 4) Do you lose your balance because of dizziness, or do you ever lose consciousness?
  • 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?
  • 6) Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?
  • 7) 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 by phone or in person BEFORE your start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you have a fitness assessment. Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and to which questions you answered YES.-You may be able to do any activity you want-as long as your 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.-Find out which community programs are safe and helpful for you.
  • 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 physically active 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 level so that you can plan the best way for you to live actively. Itis also highly recommended that you have your blood pressure evaluated. If your blood pressure reading is over 144/94, talk with your doctor before you start becoming more physically 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.Delay Becoming Much More Active-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 with your doctor doctor before you start becoming more active.