Becoming more active has many health benefits. However, some people should talk their family doctor or health care provider before they start becoming more physically active.
The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has developed a questionnaire called The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q and You) that individuals (15 to 69 years of age), can complete in order to assess if they should check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Instructions for how to complete the questionnaire are provided on the tool.
Some people who may automatically want to check with their doctor before they become much more physically active would include:
1. Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. (2010). PAR-Q Forms. Retrieved July 9th, 2010 from http://www.csep.ca/english/view.asp?x=698