Red Rose Run: Are you ready to become a runner? April 20, 2015April 20, 2015 By Guest Blogger Are you ready to start training for the Lancaster Red Rose Run? Before starting any type of new exercise activity, it’s important to find out if you are physically ready. You will likely want to discuss the change with your doctor beforehand, particularly if you are very young (under 13) or if you are 69 or older. If you are between the ages of 13 and 69, the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) is a good place to start – and it’s quick and easy. Ask yourself the following yes or no questions: Has your healthcare provider ever said that you have a heart condition or that you should participate in physical activity only as recommended by a healthcare provider? Do you feel pain in your chest during physical activity? In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity? Do you lose your balance because of dizziness? Do you ever lose consciousness? Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity? Is your doctor or healthcare provider currently prescribing drugs for your blood pressure or a heart condition? Do you know of any reason you should not partake in physical activity? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these eight questions or if you are at all concerned about your health, consult your doctor before increasing your physical activity. It never hurts to ask, right? On the flip side, if you answered “no” to all of these questions, then it’s likely that you can safely begin increasing your exercise. Let’s get ready to start moving! By Kyra Melleby Myers, guest blogger Kyra Melleby Myers is a Sales Executive at Highmark Blue Shield. She lives in Mount Joy with her husband, Tony and two children, Andrew and Molly.