Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)
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 significantly change your physical activity patterns. If you are over 69 years of age and are not used to being very active, check with your doctor. Common sense is your best guide when answering these questions. Please read carefully and answer each one honestly: Select YES or NO.
If you answered YES to one or more questions:
Talk to your doctor by phone or in person BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you begin a fitness program. 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 which 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 one or more 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 program.
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 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.