Are you unsure about whether it is safe for you to bump up your activity level? There are resources available to help you increase your participation in exercise and physical activity.
Who Should Seek Advice
If you are under 15, over 69, pregnant (or could be), suffer from a chronic condition, or have been told by your Physician to be cautious of certain types of exercise; you should seek the advice of your physician before significantly increasing your physical activity level.
Everyone could benefit from a fitness assessment, or the advice of a qualified exercise professional, but this is not always possible!
Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone
The Par-Q+ and e-ParMed-X+ were developed by a collaboration of international authorities and regional health and fitness organizations. These evidence-based resources are used by reputable health clubs, personal trainers and exercise professionals to help screen individuals for participation in low to moderate increased physical activity. You can use them too!
The PAR-Q+ online resources are meant for everyone, regardless of age, sex or health status and are intended to help reduce barriers for low to moderate intensity physical activity, and to exact the identification of persons who may require additional screening (e.g. an assessment from a trained exercise professional, physician consultation). If, after completing the survey, you are still in doubt, consult your doctor prior to undertaking physical activity.
There are many other reliable resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada to provide you with information and resources to help you on your way to becoming physically active forever.
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