We’ve all heard the saying “New Year, New You,” but for many, making changes to an activity level can be intimidating and not recommended until cleared by a physician. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has guidelines that may be helpful as you decide what exercise program is right for you.

Most people can exercise without seeing their physician, but ask yourself these questions first: One, what is your current activity level? Two, do you have signs or symptoms of certain diseases? Three, what is your planned exercise intensity? If your current level of exercise is low or you experience certain signs and symptoms during exertion, it’s a good idea to consult your physician to determine an appropriate exercise intensity level.

ACSM developed a new exercise preparticipation screening to help remove barriers when initiating exercise (see below).

Exercise is important and beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing. Use this preparticipation screening questionnaire to get started and work toward a healthier you.