So You Want to Start Running!
If you’re new to the sport of running and you’re not sure if you should see a doctor before you begin, here are some great free resources that you can access, made available by the PAR-Q+ Collaboration.
The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+)
This questionnaire will tell you whether it is necessary for you to seek further advice before becoming more physically active or engaging in a fitness appraisal. It can be taken online, or via this downloadable PDF document.
The Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+)
This assessment can only be taken online. After taking the ePARmed-X+ you will have several options:
- You may be able to do any physical activity you want as long as you start slowly and build up gradually.
- Or you may need to restrict your physical activities to those that are safe for you.
- You may be advised to consult a doctor, another health care practitioner who is licensed to diagnose, or a qualified exercise professional about the types of physical activities that are appropriate for you.
So if you have any questions regarding your current health status, use these free tools. If you decide to work one-on-one with a personal coach or trainer, you’ll be required to do so anyway.