PAR-Q: Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire 

 

The PAR-Q is designed to help you help yourself. Many health benefits are associated with regular exercise, and the completion of the PAR-Q is a sensible first step to take if you are planning to increase the amount of physical activity in your life. 

For most people, physical activity should not pose any problem or hazard. The PAR-Q has been designed to identify the small number of adults for whom physical activity might be inappropriate or those who should have medical advice concerning the type of activity most suitable for them. Common sense is your best guide in answering these few questions. Please read them carefully and check the correct answer opposite the question as it applies to you.

If you answer YES to one or more questions: 

If you have not recently done so, consult with your personal physician by telephone or in person before increasing your physical activity and/or taking a fitness appraisal. Tell your physician which questions you answered “yes” to on the PAR-Q or present your PAR-Q copy. 

If you answer NO to all questions: 

If you answered the PAR-Q accurately, you have reasonable assurance of your suitability for a graduated exercise program - a gradual increase in proper exercise promotes good fitness development while minimizing or eliminating discomfort, and a fitness appraisal 

 

Programs:

After medical evaluation, seek advice from your physician as to your suitability for: 

  • Unrestricted physical activity starting off easily and progressing gradually, and 

  • Restricted or supervised activity to meet your specific needs, at least on an initial basis.

  • Check with your trainer or in your community for special programs and services. 

 

Postpone:

  • Please postpone training programs if you have a temporary minor illness or injury, such as a common cold or strained muscle. 

Click below to complete the PAR-Q questionnaire: