If you’ve ever hit the gym for a workout or taken part in an exercise class you might of filled out the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+). For most, being active is safe and enjoyable. In some cases, you should check with your doctor or a qualified exercise professional before becoming more active; this is where the PAR-Q+ comes in.
What is the PAR-Q+ Form?
It is a questionnaire about your health history that tells you whether it is safe to participate in physical activity and exercise programs.
Who should fill this form out?
Anyone starting a new physical activity routine or exercise program can benefit from completing the PAR-Q+.
How does the PAR-Q+ Form work?
- Before starting a new exercise program, you are given the PAR-Q+ form.
- You answer seven yes/no questions. If you answer no to all questions, you’re clear to become more active in a progressive way and to follow age appropriate guidelines.
- If you answered yes (do not panic!) to a question, you are prompted to answer a few follow up questions that ask details about your health condition.
- If you answer no to all follow up question you’re cleared to become more active. It’s suggested you see a qualified exercise professional for personalised tips.
- You can also complete the electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+) to see if you are ready for physical activity or contact a qualified exercise professional for more information.
Here is an example of how the PAR-Q+ would be used:
- Dan has hypertension and has heard being active can help. He signs up for a gym membership at his local recreation centre, where the staff ask Dan to complete the PAR-Q+ before he starts. He answers ‘yes’ to question 1 (Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition OR high blood pressure?). Dan answers a few follow up questions that determine his blood pressure is controlled and followed by his doctor. He is cleared to become more active!
If you still have concerns after filling out the PAR-Q+ or have ANY questions about physical activity, this is where the Physical Activity Line comes into play. BC residents can phone 8-1-1 to get information and physical activity clearance for your specific health concerns.