Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond by Cheryl L. Ilov (Review)

We love reading books that feature wellness at any age. As we get older feeling good can be a challenge. We are pleased to feature Cheryl Ilov's exercise program that brings us back to the basics in this easy to practice new book she published.

Book Details:

Forever Fit and Flexible: Feeling Fabulous at Fifty and Beyond by Cheryl L. Ilov
Willow Bay Publishing
Published: June 24, 2016
ISBN-13: 978-0997681307
Paperback: 200 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Content rating: G

Book Description:

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:

  1. eliminate chronic pain
  2. improve injury-related mobility issues
  3. experience increased energy
  4. develop mindful self-awareness and a positive mindset
  5. and much more!

My Review:
Reviewed by Maria Fragapane

Forever Fit and Flexible by Cheryl L. Ilov presents the over-50 reader with principles that reconnect us to simple, functional, pain free movement. Cheryl's program incorporates these fundamental principles from the movement arts of Pilates, Feldenkrais, dance, and martial arts.

Through engaging storytelling of her own personal experiences and of those around her, the author quite easily convinces the reader that the quality of our movement and our life is directly related to our combined use of body and mind.

I appreciated the simple explanations of how one can build a solid foundation and the small steps that can get even the "unfit" to a healthier, better place. I not only loved the exercises because of
their simplicity but because I know that they work! Through my own experience working with older adults, I've seen that learning to become reacquainted to everyday movements by slowing down and thinking through them is the key to becoming "fit and flexible".

The only thing missing from this gem of a book are photos, which I think are essential is a book that teaches exercise movement. Although the exercises are explained in a simple to understand manner, a photo can convey at a glance what the reader has already read and thus imprint it in their mind, making it easy to follow and practice.

In my opinion, Cheryl has successfully created and described a program that can be understood and easily incorporated in the every day life of the 50+ and beyond. I would definitely recommend this book.

Disclosure by Maria Fragapane: Thanks to Buy the Book Marketing for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.

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. Laura,
    Thank you so much for featuring my book....I sincerely appreciate it! And, much heartfelt gratitude to Maria for the review and the suggestion for photos to compliment the exercises. The next edition of "Forever Fit and Flexible" will have pictures included, and the plan is to also have videos available to support the exercises in each chapter. Again, thank you both.....wishing you all the best!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Cheryl! I plan to use your book as I have a back problem and was inspired by your own story. It's a good idea to have the videos to accompany the book. Looking forward to seeing your next edition.

  2. Sounds good, looking at the comment above I just might wait to the next edition!


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