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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Book Excerpt - 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:

· eliminate chronic pain

· improve injury-related mobility issues

· experience increased energy

· develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset

· ... and much more!
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My Personal Journey to Forever Fit and Flexible

I was fortunate enough to be relatively fit, flexible, and slender for most of my

life. Or, at least I started out that way, and there was no reason to believe things

would ever change. As a child, I never had to worry about my weight. I was so

naturally slim and slight of build that it actually raised eyebrows when I was a kid.

Being of hearty Eastern European peasant stock, a solid build and a sturdy

constitution were very much admired as a sign of robust health and vitality. I fell

far short of the ideal specimen in that department within my family. My paternal

grandmother actually accused my mother of running out of food to provide me

proper nourishment at the dinner table, since I was her third child in four years and

the last one to get served. My mother jokingly told people that, even though I had a

good appetite, I was so thin and delicate because I had a tapeworm living inside

my body. I heard this so often that I believed it for a while and solemnly shared

this bit of information with my kindergarten teacher on the first day of school.

Good thing my teacher was a neighbor and knew my mother pretty well; otherwise

it could have been a problem.

I was so much smaller than my two older sisters that they kept a close eye on

me and often had to step in and protect me when the situation warranted. Since we

were so close in age we often played together, and naturally I always tried to keep

up with them. It got me into trouble on more than one occasion.

One instance happened during the summer before I turned five. My parents

were involved with getting the community swimming pool ready to open. The final

step was to fill the pool from a huge water pipe. It was a brutally hot day, and my

sister s and I were mesmerized by the swirling water as it gushed from the pipe and

began to fill the deep end of the pool. Since my parents and several other grownups

were right there at the edge of the pool, they gave us permission to get in the water

(fully clothed, of course) and cool off as the pool continued to fill. It seemed like a

great idea to have the distinct honor of being the first ones in the pool before the

season even opened.

Everything started out fine, until the water began to saturate my clothes and

weigh me down. I struggled to stay afloat, but I got caught in the whirlpool. I

started going under, and frantically reached for the ledge around the deep end, but

my fingers kept slipping off. Between the weight of my clothes, my small frame,

the swirling water, and the slippery ledge, I was in serious trouble. My sisters were

only slightly less hysterical than I and took turns pushing me up toward the ledge

as they screamed to the adults for help. My dad jumped in and pulled me to safety,

but it was my sisters who sounded the alarm and kept my head above water for

those few desperate seconds.

Later that summer, our family was at a church picnic, which happened to be at

the local amusement park. All of us kids were in heaven as we ran from ride to

ride. We finally came to the pride of the park, the roller coaster named “The Mad

Mouse.” It had individual cars instead of a chain of cars linked together like a train.

The track included a series of bumps toward the end of the ride, each one a little

bigger than the previous.

Since I was the smallest child, I was put in a car with my oldest sister, sitting in

front of her with her legs wrapped around me and both of us holding onto the

safety bar. It was great fun until we got to the series of bumps. I was so light that

when we hit the first bump I flew up into the air between my sister and the safety

bar and landed halfway out of the car. My sister grabbed me and tried to pull me

back into the car as we hit the second bump. I flew even higher into the air and

landed further out of the car, bent at the waistline, with my fingers dangling just a

few inches from the track.

Even in my panic, I could feel my sister desperately grabbing at the only thing

she could get ahold of—the waistband of my underpants. I could see the all of the

grownups screaming from below, including my mother, who was seven months

pregnant. Bless her heart, she was running beside the tracks with her arms

outstretched as if she’d be able to catch me. That’s when I knew I was in a

precarious situation. In my entire young life, I had never seen my mother run or try

to catch anything. ……

About the Author
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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for featuring my book! I sincerely appreciate it!


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