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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425797768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425797768
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,419,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Total Activation' is the New 5 Step Fitness Mantra for Today's American. Despite billions of dollars spent on fitness products, America is the most overweight nation on the planet. In sharp contrast, Eastern cultures like India do not obsess over weight-loss, fad diets or exercise trends. Natives of India eat, drink and live life in a totally activated state. In this revolutionary book, fitness guru Nitin Chhoda will introduce you to the fitness secrets of the East, also known as the EPSSI fitness equation. You will improve your emotional (E), physical (P), social (S), spiritual (S) and intellectual (I) health to transform your life within 30 days. You are introduced to Madan Gupta, an Indian-born immigrant residing in the United States and his friend Rita, a native American citizen. Using observations, scientific facts and casual conversations between the characters, a wellness philosophy in which 'fitness' (one dimensional) is redefined as 'activation' (five dimensional) is born. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

A native to Mumbai, India, Nitin Chhoda is now one of today's top health and fitness experts in the United States. After getting acquainted with American diet and lifestyle, Chhoda realized there was a real need in the U.S. for some of the traditions he left back home. He aimed to bring a holistic healing approach to this country, and the Total Activation system was born. Designed to improve well-being on five levels, including physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social components, Chhoda now helps clients transform their well-being from the inside and out. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anand G. Shahi on June 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Everyone wants to improve in at least one, if not all aspects of wellness. I like the way this book talks about life and existence beyond weight loss and compares American culture with Indian culture. Our society is so geared towards weight loss and dieting that we have forgotten what it means to live healthy and happy at the same time. I have tried many fitness and diet plans, and learned from my mistakes each time. More often than not, I have been disappointed with my results. In my experience, you must be happy with who you are, have someone to help you and be committed to reach your goals. This book talks about your attitude, environment, fitness and life goals and intertwines them into this nifty concept Nitin calls 'Total Activation'. Although I approached this as a skeptic, I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of information. I tend to get bored with fitness and self help books, but this book has an easy flowing style and is a breeze to read. It takes a while to become a true believer in EPSSI - emotional, physical, social, spiritual and intellectual wellness, but this dissection of 'wellness' as Nitin calls it has stimulated thought after putting the book down. The strategies are fundamental, yet deep. It takes days or even weeks to digest and apply these strategies but its well worth it once you incorporate them into your routine. I got a lot out of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shashin S. Gandhi on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After buying this book on a recommendation, I find that this is the first book of its kind that combines many different elements for many different skill levels. I am from a family of four distinct age group and four distinct workout levels and this is the ONLY book that deals with ALL of our distinct goals. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to obtain an increased level of productivity, whether physical or mental! While there are many exercise books out there, this one has a very unusual yet welcome spin on east vs west health patterns and can be enlightening to both! The author has done a phenomenal job putting all this together and I can't wait for the follow-up book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Priti A. Kothari on June 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Interesting perspective on fitness and weight loss in America. It's not a 'run of the mill' approach or a fad, but a balanced system of wellness that originates in Indian culture. I like the comparison between East and West - an eye opener. The 30 day plan at the end of the book helps put all the pieces together. The book advises that Americans live life in a simple way - less food, less meat, more physical activity, meaningful goals and enriched social lives. It's an all inclusive 'life' - Total Activation. I am in Day 5 of the 30 day plan and it feels great."
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Format: Hardcover
I have always believed that there is more to fitness than just weight loss. It's intriguing that some individuals appear to have the 'perfect body', but are not 'well' in the real sense (may have other stressful life factors). Then there are those who may not have rock hard abs, but live a relatively stress free life. Where does the balance lie? In fact, are we are Americans out of balance? Does technology and our way of life foster the seeds of an inactive, disconnected society? The book opens up pandora's box and stimulates thought about the question "What exactly does wellness mean for the average American?". The word 'Total Activation' presents a new spin on this subject and I like, in particular, the way Nitin breaks down the subject of 'activation' into 5 components. The book suggests that we learn from the wisdom of Eastern cultures like India, and this is a good attempt to 'solve the puzzle' about health and wellness in the west compared to the east. The engaging dialogue between the two main characters makes it an easy and informative read. It's almost like reading 'The Secret', but for fitness and wellness.
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