The benefits of exercise are tremendous and risks small.
But in order to minimize risk as much as possible, I recommend that everyone getting ready to start exercising should complete and print out the PARQ+ (The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone) and bring it with you to show to your doctor, fitness evaluation professional, or exercise professional. If you wish, you can take the PARQ+ online. And here is the link to take the PARQ+ online.
When you complete the PARQ+ online you will either receive a clearance to exercise form or you will be asked to complete the next survey online which is The Electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (EPARMED-X+ ONLINE).
To learn more about these two outstanding tools please see:
Warburton DER, et al. 2013. PAR-Q+ and ePARmed-X+: New risk stratification and physical activity clearance strategy for physicians and patients alike. Can Fam Physician. 2013 Mar; 59(3): 273-277: PubMed Citation Full Text PDF (242 K)
Physician Resources for Physical Activity Clearance
Posted on June 17, 2015 by Tom Wade MD.