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If you're between 15 and 69 and thinking  about starting a physical activity program, call the Physical Activity Line and fill out a PAR-Q+ form. The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q+) will tell you if you should check with your doctor before becoming more active.

Most people under 60 don't need a medical exam before gradually increasing their activity.However, you should see your doctor for a medical check-up if:

  • you're elderly.

  • you have a health condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, chest pain or dizziness.

  • you haven't been physically active for a while. 

When you see your doctor about becoming more active, here are some questions to ask:

  • What types and amounts of physical activities are best for my health condition? (Common conditions include arthritis, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, etc.)

  • How will an increase in physical  activity affect my health condition?

  • How will an increase in physical activity affect the medications I take? (These can include asthma medication, high blood pressure medication, insulin, etc.)

  • Can I be physically active safely while I take my medications?

  • Will my medication affect my body's reaction to activity?

  • Can you recommend any activity programs or places where I can go to become more active?

  • Do you have any resources to help me learn about becoming active?

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