Katherine Boisvert-Vigneault

Katherine Boisvert-Vigneault holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and a master's degree in physical activity and aging from the Université de Sherbrooke.

She is currently completing her Ph.D. in gerontology under the supervision of Prof. Isabelle Dionne.

Ms. Boisvert-Vigneault's research has enabled her to develop an expertise in the adoption of healthy lifestyles through physical activity in a variety of contexts (recreation, work, household chores, active transportation) and to gain a better understanding of their relationship to health in advanced aging.

"During my master's, I studied the physical activity pathway throughout life and its relationship to health at an advanced age," she explained. "More specifically, I was interested in the variations between the practice of physical activities among teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors. After completing my master's, I pursued that research at the doctoral level in order to gain a better understanding of the factors surrounding the pursuit of physical activities at an advanced age."

It's never too late!

To complete her research, Ms. Katherine Boisvert-Vigneault used the databank of the Québec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging (NuAge) as a determiner of successful aging.

Obviously, a person who has performed physical activities at every stage of his or her life will obtain multiple benefits and is more likely to remain fit as he or she gets older. However, the data suggests that adults aged 65 and older also get significant benefits from the physical activities that they currently practice in terms of body composition regardless of whether they practiced physical activities when they were younger.

"These results are counterintuitive as far as physical activities are concerned," said Boisvert-Vigneault. "They show that it's never too late to benefit from physical activity, even among older adults."

The research results validate the value of promoting physical activities among older adults. Basically, it’s never too late to exercise!


(Photo: Université de Sherbrooke)


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