Book Description for Forever Fit and Flexible, by Cheryl Ilov
Do you believe that getting older means losing health and vitality?
Here is your path to feeling youthful and vibrant.
"...IIov has an engaging style and much to offer....Forever Fit and Flexible is a well written, thorough guide to healthy living that will be enjoyed by a wide spectrum of readers looking for the same." --Blue Ink Review
Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond offers you the possibility of living with a new sense of energy and vitality as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Once you get moving, you’ll want to keep moving!
Imagine starting each day with a spring in your step. Envision liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity with strength, grace, and confidence.
In Forever Fit and Flexible, Cheryl Ilov provides a program that will help you create this and more. Her movement lessons provide the building blocks to better posture, core strength, flexibility, balance, and functional strength. As you develop a solid physical foundation, you will also:
improve injury-related mobility issues
experience increased energy
develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset
… and much more!
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Willow Bay Publishing (June 24, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Your Journey to Becoming Forever Fit and Flexible
Imagine waking up every morning with a spring in your step and an eager anticipation of the day ahead. Consider what it would be like to get out of bed and be able to move with ease and elegance as you glide around your kitchen to prepare for your day. Picture yourself stepping out of the shower and liking what you see in the full-length mirror before you get dressed. Now visualize that you can engage in any activity you want to do (and love to do) with strength, grace, and confidence. Think of what it would be like to hike without hip pain, dance without knee pain, or get down on the floor (and back up again) to play with your grandkids. Imagine a new sense of energy and vitality that you never thought possible as you move into your fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond. Yes, this could be your future, and yes, it is possible. As a matter of fact, the possibilities are endless, and you have already taken the first step by opening the pages of Forever Fit and Flexible. As you move through the sections and chapters ahead, here is a glimpse of what you’ll discover.
Part One introduces the foundations of the Forever Fit and Flexible program. In Chapters One through Three, we address the power of using your attention and awareness to help you achieve your goals and accomplish the maximum benefit from the movement lessons included in later chapters. We also discuss the impact of positive thinking, including having the right mindset and surrounding yourself with positive people. Along those same lines, never underestimate the power of your imagination and visualization. After all, what we believe is what we become.
Several years ago my husband and I were traveling to Atlanta to visit his family. We were on the train from the concourse to baggage claim, and I was practicing a technique I learned in martial arts. I stood with my knees bent, my eyes closed, and without holding on to anything, I practiced finding my balance while I sensed the movement of the train. As I was getting into a meditative state, I heard a loud voice say, “I have to sit down, because I’m an old lady! When you’re an old lady, you can sit down, too.” I opened my eyes and saw a woman squeezing into the last available seat and talking to a little girl standing near her. I closed my eyes and went back to my musings and practice while the woman continued her litany of being an old lady. When we got off the train and moved toward the escalators, I automatically went to the stairs while the woman continued, “I have to take the escalator because I’m an old lady!” Good grief, I wondered, How old is this lady, anyway? I turned around to look at her and almost fell down the rest of the way down the stairs. The woman had to be at least ten years younger than I was at the time! What kind of message was she sending to herself, not to mention the little girl, who was clinging to her mother’s hand and staring at this woman with eyes as huge as saucers? Getting older is inevitable—being old is a choice. With Forever Fit and Flexible, you have the opportunity to grow older gracefully without becoming old.
In Chapter Four, we focus in depth on the principles of each of the four movement arts—Pilates, Feldenkrais, dance, and martial arts—including the powerful health and fitness benefits of each method. I share the foundations of each method and weave them into the movement lessons presented. I invite you to take your time as you go through each method and the various techniques. Some of these movement lessons will work for you, and some will not.
Chapter Five outlines the eight fundamental principles of the Forever Fit and Flexible program for you to follow. There are also strategies for how to work through the movement lessons to best accommodate your learning style.
Cheryl Ilov's Bio
Cheryl Ilov has always been drawn to health and wellness, the biological sciences, and movement arts, including classical ballet. She began her professional life as a respiratory therapist, and after seventeen years of practice, she returned to school and earned her master's degree in physical therapy in 1996.
Cheryl discovered The Pilates Method in 1983, and once she began working as a physical therapist, she made the connection that Pilates presented a wonderful tool to help people of all ages recover from injuries and illnesses. She immediately began applying the principles of Pilates to her patients to improve their quality of life and level of function. In 1999, she founded Ilov Integrated Arts, specializing in Pilates-based rehabilitation. Cheryl had her first experience with The Feldenkrais Method® in 2000.
She began the required four-year training program to become a Feldenkrais practitioner in February 2006 and graduated in November 2009. During Cheryl's remarkable journey of learning, healing, and self-discovery, she also discovered a martial art called Ninpo Tai Jutsu. She fell in love with the art and the training as well as the powerful connection between Feldenkrais and martial arts and their incredible healing power.
Cheryl has dedicated her life to helping others achieve the best quality of life possible. Having personally experienced the anxiety of dealing with chronic pain, stress, and fatigue, she also understands the frustration of feeling out of control, gaining weight, and struggling to find a healthy, effective way to recover after devastating injuries. Cheryl has integrated her education, experience, and expertise to develop a program for people, regardless of their age or current level of function. It is her firm belief that anyone can be fit, flexible, healthy, vibrant, and energetic in their fifties, sixties, seventies, and beyond.