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Becoming more active is very safe for most people, but if you're in doubt, please complete the questionnaire below. Some people should check with their doctor before they start becoming much more physically active. Start by answering the seven questions 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 are not used to being very active, definitely check with your doctor first.
If you answered YES to one or more questions, talk with your doctor before you start becoming much more physically active.
If you answered NO to all questions, you can be reasonably sure that you can start becoming more physically active right now. Be sure to start slowly and progress gradually - this is the safest and easiest way to go.
Delay becoming much more active if:
Note: If your health changes so that you then answer YES to any of the above questions, ask for advice from your fitness or health professional.
Source: Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) © 2002. Used with permission from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology .