Pre-Screening for Physical Activity: Get Active Questionnaire

Physical activity improves your physical and mental health. Even small amounts of physical activity are good, and more is better.

Pre-screening for Physical Activity using an evidence-based screening tool is an important first step in ensuring a safe and enjoyable physical activity experience. Screening identifies those who many need more evaluation before doing a fitness assessment or becoming more physically active. 

The Get Active Questionnaire, developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP), is intended to easily screen-in the majority of Canadians to safely participate in physical activity and exercise. The Questionnaire is for all ages to help move individuals along the path to becoming more physically active. 

The Get Active Questionnaire along with its accompanying Reference Document enables you to make an informed decision whether you should seek further advice from a health care provider or qualified exercise professional before becoming more physically active. It is designed to be a self-administered pre-screening tool to empower individuals to be responsible for their own health and wellbeing. 

Download the Get Active Questionnaire 

Download the Get Active Questionnaire: 

English (2 pages, PDF)

French (2 pages, PDF)

Download the Get Active Questionnaire - Reference Document 

Use this reference document if you answered YES to any questions on the Get Active Questionnaire and have not consulted a healthcare provider or a Qualified Exercise Professional (QEP) about becoming more physically active.

Download the Reference Document: 

English  (2 pages, PDF)

French  (2 pages, PDF)




Key principles of the Get Active Questionnaire:

  • intended to screen-in the majority of apparently healthy Canadians;
  • reserves doctor referrals for cases where risks clearly outweigh benefits;
  • allows the user to make an informed decision about the appropriateness of physical activity / exercise; 
  • is intended to be self-administered e.g., at home or at the fitness facility and reduce perceived barriers to participation; and,
  • has a companion two-page Reference Document with further information on what to consider next if the individual has one or more positive responses. 

The Get Active Questionnaire is the current CSEP-endorsed evidence-based pre-screening tool and replaces previous tools. It was released in 2017 after two years of development and testing using the latest research.

The development of the Get Active Questionnaire is part of CSEP's work to increase awareness and that physical activity is beneficial for everyone! 

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