Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q)

  • 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. For most people physical activity should not pose any problem or hazard. However, some people should check with their 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.

    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 when you answer these questions. Please read the questions carefully and answer each one honestly. 

    Answer YES or NO to the following questions:

    1. Has your doctor ever said you have heart trouble?
    2. Do you frequently have pains in your heart and chest?
    3. Do you often feel faint or have spells of severe dizziness?
    4. Has a doctor ever said your blood pressure was too high?
    5. Has your doctor ever told you that you have a bone or joint problem such as arthritis that has been aggravated by exercise, or might be made worse with exercise?
    6. Is there a good physical reason not mentioned here why you should not follow an activity program even if you wanted to?
    7. Are you over age 65 and not accustomed to vigorous exercise?

    If you answered 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 test.

    If you answered NO to all questions...

    • If you answered PAR-Q accurately, you have reasonable assurance of your present suitability for an exercise test.