PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire)

Brian Betancourt, Exercise Physiologist with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the American College of Sports Medicine developed the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire as a guideline prior to exercise, just to avoid sudden cardiac death during exercise. "It's very rare but some people go and exercise, get a heart attack then they pass."

He also says the PAR-Q plus is a three-page questionnaire with questions like do you have lower back pain, do you have a heart condition, and have you ever had a heart attack. If you answered no to all of them, it will tell you are good to exercise on moderate and low intensity physical activity and then you can build your way up to a vigorous program.

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