PAR-Q is designed to help you help yourself. Many health benefits are associated with regular exercise and the completion of 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. 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 YES or NO under the question if it applies to you.
YES for one or more questions
If you have not recently done so consult your personal physician by telephone or in person BEFORE increasing your physical activity and/or taking a fitness test. Tell him the question you answered YES to on PAR-Q.
NO to all questions
If you answered the PAR-Q accurately, you have reasonable assurance of your present suitability for A GRADUATED EXERCISE PROGRAM – A gradual increase in proper exercise promotes good fitness development while minimizing or eliminating discomfort.
If you have a temporary minor illness, such as a common cold.
After medical evaluation, seek advice from your physician as to your suitability, for unrestricted physical activity, probably on a gradually increased basis restricted or supervised activity to meet your specific needs. At least on an initial basis. Check in your community for a special program or service.