Before starting any physical activity or fitness program, it is very important to ensure you are physically ready.
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.
Common sense is your best guide when you answer these questions. Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly:
Select YES or NO.
*If you have answered “Yes” to one or more of the above questions, please consult your physician before engaging in physical activity. Tell your physician which questions you answered “Yes” to. After you have been medically evaluated, seek advice from your physician on what type of physical activity is suitable for your current condition.*