Determine Your Readiness to
Participate in Physical Activity
PAR - Q & YOU
questionnaire for people ages 15 to 69)
Complete the following
questionnaire to help you determine your readiness to begin or intensify a
physical activity program.
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 below. If you are between the ages of 15 and 69, this
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (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: 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
4. Do you lose
your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose
5. Do you have
a bone or joint problem 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 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.
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.
out which community programs are safe and helpful for you.
If you answered
NO to all questions
IF you answered NO honestly to all PAR-Q questions, you can be
reasonably sure that you can:
becoming much more physically active - begin slowly and build
up gradually. This is the safest and easiest way to go.
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.
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.
Informed Use of the PAR-Q: The Canadian
Society for Exercise Physiology, Health Canada, 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
Most people are extremely confused when
it comes to following a supportive, yet simple, eating and exercise
plan. It’s not that they don’t know how to perform a chest press or leg
curl, rather they need clarification on proper exercise progression,
intensity, training style changes, and how to eat in a manor that
significantly elevates metabolism in order to ensure that progress is
continuous and ongoing.